What does mentor mean?

Definitions for mentor
ˈmɛn tɔr, -tərmen·tor

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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

    Etymology: From Μέντωρ.

  2. mentor(Verb)

    To act as someone's mentor

    Etymology: From Μέντωρ.

  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

    Etymology: From Μέντωρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Mentor(noun)

    a wise and faithful counselor or monitor

    Etymology: [From Mentor, the counselor of Telemachus, Gr. Me`ntwr, prop., counselor. Cf. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Mentor

    men′tor, n. a wise counsellor.—adj. Mentor′ial. [Gr. Mentōr, the tutor of Telemachus.]

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.

Editors Contribution

  1. mentor

    A person with the role and responsibility to give instruction or coach a type of sport.

    The are so many sporting mentors across every country who coach children in a wide variety of sports.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 14, 2020  

Etymology and Origins

  1. Mentor

    A “guide, philosopher, and friend,” so called after Mentor, the faithful friend and counsellor of Ulysses.

Anagrams for mentor »

  1. meront, Merton, metron

How to pronounce mentor?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of mentor in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of mentor in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of mentor in a Sentence

  1. Ben Shirley:

    He's a confidante, he's my mentor, he is just one of the guys, who will lend a hand, who genuinely cares. I have not come across that ever in my life.

  2. Chase Leblanc:

    Many moments of my young life were spent wishing for a smart mentor - now with age, I have found equally good advice can be found in not doing the dumb things that dumb people do.

  3. Goh Chok Tong:

    My tears welled up as I received the sad news, he was my leader, mentor, inspiration, the man I looked up to most.

  4. Dirk Nowitzki:

    After one or two years I can see myself being happy... as a coach or a manager, i would like to be a mentor for a young player and... accompany them through their career in my very own way.

  5. Jason Bryant:

    They would bring him into Soledad State Prison to receive mentorship, to participate in groups with us, to share his goals and visions, and to really have accountability conversations with men in blue -- men who had made terrible choices, they put in an incredible amount of not only gratitude and appreciation, but also trust in us to help mentor their son. And that was remarkable.

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