American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
- n. Greek Mythology Odysseus's trusted counselor, in whose guise Athena became the guardian and teacher of Telemachus.
- v. To serve as a trusted counselor or teacher, especially in occupational settings.
- v. To serve as a trusted counselor or teacher to (another person).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who acts as a wise and faithful guide and monitor, especially of a younger person; an intimate friend who is also a sage counselor, as of one who is young or inexperienced.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A wise and faithful counselor or monitor.
- v. serve as a teacher or trusted counselor
- n. a wise and trusted guide and advisor
- From French mentor, from Ancient Greek Μέντωρ (Mentōr, "Mentor"), a mythological character in the Odyssey. (Wiktionary)
- French Mentor, Mentor, from Latin Mentōr, from Greek. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“I don't know if I consciously knew the word mentor back then, I just knew that I felt better when her letters arrived.”
“Note that the term mentor is not the same as idol, and implies a direct working relationship.”
“During morning prayers, Ifemelu's mother commanded God to bless the General, "Father Lord, bless Uju's mentor," she would say, the word "mentor" pushed out of her mouth like a challenge.”
“The earthling soon discovers his mentor is actually the central figure in a secret conspiracy that threatens the philosophies, traditions and hierarchy of the entire Green Lantern Corps.”
“The word "mentor" comes from the name of Mentor, a character in the Odyssey, in whose guise the goddess Athena gives advice to young Telemachus.”
“The word "mentor" is often bandied about by those who have benefited from his advice and hospitality, and they often prosper.”
“Her explanation relieved his alarm, but he was a little jealous of the glowing terms in which she referred to her mentor, Jim Malone.”
“The relationship between Simon and his mentor is a healthy one.”
“The best kind of mentor is a transformational mentor.”
“The word mentor derives from ancient Greece, from Homer’s epic poem, The Odyssey.”
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