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ˈdaɪ doʊdi·do

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Didonoun

    (Roman mythology) a princess of Tyre who was the founder and queen of Carthage; Virgil tells of her suicide when she was abandoned by Aeneas


  1. Didonoun

    Founder and first Queen of Carthage.

  2. Etymology: Origin unknown.


  1. Dido

    Dido ( DY-doh; Ancient Greek: Διδώ Greek pronunciation: [diː.dɔ̌ː], Latin pronunciation: [ˈdiːdoː]), also known as Elissa ( ə-LISS-ə, Ἔλισσα), was the legendary founder and first queen of the Phoenician city-state of Carthage (located in modern Tunisia), in 814 BC. In most accounts, she was the queen of the Phoenician city-state of Tyre (today in Lebanon) who fled tyranny to found her own city in northwest Africa. Known only through ancient Greek and Roman sources, all of which were written well after Carthage's founding, her historicity remains uncertain. The oldest references to Dido are attributed to Timaeus, who was active around 300 BC, or about five centuries after the date given for the foundation of Carthage. Details about Dido's character, life, and role in the founding of Carthage are best known from the account given in Virgil's epic poem, the Aeneid, written around 20 BC, which tells the legendary story of the Trojan hero Aeneas. Dido is described as a clever and enterprising woman who flees her ruthless and autocratic brother, Pygmalion, after discovering that he was responsible for her husband's death. Through her wisdom and leadership, the city of Carthage is founded and made prosperous. Dido remains an enduring figure in Western culture and arts since the early Renaissance and into the 21st century. In the early 20th century, she was also chosen as a national symbol in Tunisian nationalism and so Tunisian women can be poetically referred to "Daughters of Dido". Dido (Elissa) has also been represented on Tunisian currency in 2006.


  1. dido

    A dido generally refers to a mischievous trick or prank. It's an old-fashioned term often used to describe playful or slightly rebellious behavior. Originating from the name of the mythical Queen of Carthage, Dido, it's part of several colloquial idioms and phrases across English-speaking regions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Didonoun

    a shrewd trick; an antic; a caper


  1. Dido

    Dido was, according to ancient Greek and Roman sources, the founder and first Queen of Carthage. She is best known from the account given by the Roman poet Virgil in his Aeneid. In some sources she is also known as Elissa.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Dido

    dī′dō, n. (slang) an antic caper.—Cut up didoes, to behave in an extravagant way.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Dido

    the daughter of Belus, king of Tyre, and the sister of Pygmalion, who, having succeeded to the throne on the death of his father, put Sichæus, her husband, to death for the sake of his wealth, whereupon she secretly took ship, sailed away from the city with the treasure, accompanied by a body of disaffected citizens, and founded Carthage, having picked up by the way 80 virgins from Cyprus to make wives for her male attendants; a neighbouring chief made suit for her hand, encouraged by her subjects, upon which, being bound by an oath of eternal fidelity to Sichæus, she erected a funeral pile and stabbed herself in presence of her subjects; Virgil makes her ascend the funeral pile out of grief for the departure of Æneas, of whom she was passionately in love.

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  1. Dido

    (Di′do). A daughter of Belus, King of Tyre. It was this princess who bought a piece of land in Africa as large as could be encompassed by a bullock’s hide, and when the purchase was completed, cut the hide into strips, and so secured a large tract of land. Here she built Carthage; and Virgil tells that when Aeneas was shipwrecked on the neighboring coast she received him with every kindness, and at last fell in love with him. But Aeneas did not reciprocate her affections, and this so grieved her that she stabbed herself. A tale is told inof Professor Porson, who being one of a set party, the conversation turned on the subject of punning, when Porson observing that he could pun on any subject, a person present defied him to do so on the Latin gerunds,,,, which, however, he immediately did in the following admirable couplet:

    “When Dido found Aeneas would not come, She mourned in silence, and was Dido dumb.”

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dido in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dido in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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    weak or sickly person especially one morbidly concerned with his or her health
    A jejune
    B numinous
    C valetudinarian
    D inexpiable

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