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  • n. Greek Mythology The daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë who gave Theseus the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth.

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  • proper n. The daughter of King Minos of Crete and his queen, Pasiphae.
  • proper n. A female given name.

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  • n. beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth


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Ancient Greek Ἀριάδνη.


  • Ariadne is targeted principally at information science professionals in academia, and also to interested lay people both in and beyond the Higher Education community.

    May 2007

  • A similar deal in 2000 called Ariadne devoured the revenue that the [Greek] government collected from its national lottery.

    Stephen Herrington: Goldman Sachs Robbed the EU By Way of Greece

  • Compare that to the work that went into Titian's Bacchus and Ariadne, which is more or less average for Titian in terms of the labor it would have required.

    James Elkins: Are Artists Bored by Their Work?

  • Her grandmother was a spider, who the greeks know as Ariadne or Arachne but you can call her "Ms. Tuffet" because she is beside herself.

    In Draco

  • Talbot saw no point in mentioning that the Ariadne had never carried out a hydrographic exercise in its life and that the ship had been called Ariadne to remind the Greeks that it was a multi-national vessel and to persuade a wavering Greek government that perhaps NATO wasn't such a bad thing after all.


  • My Ariadne was a slumbering orchestra deftly spinning out a thick proboscis-chord of such stuff as dreams are made of.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 14, No. 85, November, 1864

  • But she, when Minos had lulled his wrath to rest, went aboard the ship with him and left her fatherland; and her even the immortal gods loved, and, as a sign in mid-sky, a crown of stars, which men call Ariadne's crown, rolls along all night among the heavenly constellations.

    The Argonautica

  • Lydia walked to the window to call Ariadne in to put on a wrap, the thought and action automatic.

    The Squirrel-Cage

  • Of all the ships in the navy the Ariadne was the best that Dyck Calhoun could have entered.

    No Defense, Volume 2.

  • To the right of the Ariadne was the coast of Cuba; to the left was the coast of Haiti, both invisible to the eye.

    No Defense, Volume 2.


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