Definitions for mentorˈmɛn tɔr, -tər

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

men•torˈmɛn tɔr, -tər(n.)

  1. a wise and trusted counselor or teacher.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  2. (cap.) (in the Odyssey) a loyal adviser of Odysseus entrusted with the education of Telemachus.

    Category: Mythology, Literature

  3. (v.i.)to act as a mentor.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  4. (v.t.)to act as a mentor to.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of mentor:

1740–50; 蠐 Gk

Princeton's WordNet

  1. mentor, wise man(verb)

    a wise and trusted guide and advisor

  2. mentor(verb)

    serve as a teacher or trusted counselor

    "The famous professor mentored him during his years in graduate school"; "She is a fine lecturer but she doesn't like mentoring"


  1. mentor(Noun)

    A wise and trusted counselor or teacher

  2. mentor(Verb)

    To act as someone's mentor

  3. Mentor(ProperNoun)

    Odysseus's trusted counselor. He was assigned the responsibility to raise Odysseus's son Telemachus, while Odysseus was away fighting in Troy

  4. Origin: From Μέντωρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mentor(noun)

    a wise and faithful counselor or monitor


  1. Mentor

    In Greek mythology, Mentor was the son of Alcimus or Anchialus or Heracles and Asopis. In his old age Mentor was a friend of Odysseus who placed Mentor and Odysseus' foster-brother Eumaeus in charge of his son Telemachus, and of Odysseus' palace, when Odysseus left for the Trojan War. When Athena visited Telemachus she took the disguise of Mentor to hide herself from the suitors of Telemachus' mother Penelope. As Mentor, the goddess encouraged Telemachus to stand up against the suitors and go abroad to find out what happened to his father. When Odysseus returned to Ithaca, Athena appeared briefly in the form of Mentor again at Odysseus' palace. Because of Mentor's relationship with Telemachus, and the disguised Athena's encouragement and practical plans for dealing with personal dilemmas, the personal name Mentor has been adopted in English as a term meaning someone who imparts wisdom to and shares knowledge with a less experienced colleague.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Mentor

    a friend of Ulysses, and the tutor of his son Telemachus, whose form and voice Athena assumed in order to persuade his pupil to retain and maintain the courage and astuteness of his father.

Anagrams of mentor

  1. meront, Merton, metron

Translations for mentor

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a teacher of a group of students in a college or university.

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