Definitions for plautusˈplɔ təs
Random House Webster's College Dictionary
Titus Maccius, c254–c184 b .c ., Roman playwright.
Plautus, Titus Maccius Plautus(noun)
comic dramatist of ancient Rome (253?-184 BC)
Plautus, genus Plautus(noun)
a genus of Alcidae
The Nuttall Encyclopedia
a Latin comic poet, born in Umbria; came when young to Rome, as is evident from his mastery of the Latin language and his knowledge of Greek; began to write plays for the stage at 30, shortly before the outbreak of the second Punic War, and continued to do so for 40 years; he wrote about 130 comedies, but only 20 have survived, the plots mostly borrowed from Greek models; they were much esteemed by his contemporaries; they have supplied material for dramatic treatment in modern times (227-184 B.C.).