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May 1, 2012
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mentor
nestor
tartar
hector
satyr

Achilles gives Nestor the Prize for Wisdom
Achilles gives Nestor the Prize for Wisdom
Art: Joseph-Désiré Court, 1820

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nestor

PRONUNCIATION:
(NES-tuhr)

MEANING:
noun: A wise old man.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Nestor, king of Pylos, who was the oldest and wisest of the Greeks and served as a counselor in the Trojan War. Earliest documented use: around 1510.

USAGE:
"Roland Shaw was not only an oil man; he was the Nestor of the oil business, there when the first donkey nodded."
Bruce Anderson; The Long-Life Cocktail; The Spectator (London, UK); Nov 19, 2011.

See more usage examples of nestor in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
That sorrow which is the harbinger of joy is preferable to the joy which is followed by sorrow. -Saadi, poet (c.1213-1291) [Gulistan]

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