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definitions - mentor

mentor (n.)

1.a wise and trusted guide and advisor

mentor (v.)

1.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"

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MentorMen"tor (?), n. [From Mentor, the counselor of Telemachus, Gr. Me`ntwr, prop., counselor. Cf. Monitor.] A wise and faithful counselor or monitor.

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mentor (n.)

adviser, coach, consultant, educator, guide, guru, instructor, sage, teacher, trainer, tutor, wise man, youth mentor, advisor  (American), counsellor  (British), counselor  (American), legal adviser  (jurisprudence)

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mentor (n.)

sage, wise


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agent (personne chargée d'une mission) (fr)[Classe]

humain (selon une détermination fonctionnelle, physique ou psychologique) : personne (fr)[Classe...]

métier de l'éducation (fr)[Classe]

personne calme (fr)[ClasseParExt.]


personne reconnue dans une activité (fr)[Classe]

chose supérieure (fr)[Classe]

personne qui sait (fr)[ClasseParExt.]

individu selon son caractère, sa psychologie (fr)[Classe...]

qui a acquis un savoir (fr)[Classe]

qui se montre philosophe, sage (fr)[ClasseParExt.]

réfléchi (personne) (fr)[ClasseParExt.]

humble (fr)[ClasseParExt.]

qui a beaucoup de sagesse (fr)[Classe]

prudent (fr)[ClasseParExt.]

intellectual; intellect; egghead[ClasseHyper.]

(opinion; suggestion; tip; piece of advice; guidance; counsel; counseling; counselling; direction), (legal adviser; counselor; advisor; mentor; counsellor), (obtain advice; seek advice; consult), (advise; counsel; rede), (consulting; reference; consultation)[Thème]

(lecturer; educator; instructor; schoolmaster; schoolteacher; instructress; schoolmistress), (put into practice), (teaching skills; education; instruction; teaching; pedagogy; educational activity; didactics), (teaching; tuition; education)[Thème]

(sage; mentor; wise man)[Thème]

(argument; reasoning; logical thinking; abstract thought), (subtlety; quip; astuteness; shrewdness; nicety), (inference; illation)[Thème]

(genius; aptitude; ability; talent), (-minded; gifted; talented)[Thème]

(debate; discourse; dissertation; discussion; essay; treatise), (scholar; erudite person; initiate; learned person; pundit; savant)[Thème]

juger (fr)[Thème]

(cogitate; ruminate; ponder; consider; reflect; contemplate; think), (lack of thought; thoughtlessness)[Thème]

human, human being, individual, man, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul[Hyper.]

mentor (n.)




In Greek mythology, Mentor (Greek: Μέντωρ / Méntōr; gen.: Μέντορος)[1] 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.[2] 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 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.


  Mentor as term

The first recorded modern usage of the term can be traced to a 1699 book entitled Les Aventures de Telemaque, by the French writer François Fénelon[3] In the book the lead character is that of Mentor. This book was very popular during the 18th century and the modern application of the term can be traced to this publication.[3]


The student of a mentor is called a protégé. More accurately, the protégé could be called the telemachus (pl. telemachuses or telemachi).[citation needed] Sometimes, the protégé is also called a mentee or mentoree. The -or ending of the original name Mentor does not have the meaning of "the one who does something", as in other English words such as contractor or actor. The derivation of mentee from mentor is therefore an example of backformation (cf. employer and employee).

  See also


  1. ^ Online Etymology Dictionary - Mentor
  2. ^ Homer. Odyssey, Book II, Lines 255 and 268.
  3. ^ a b Roberts, Andy. (1999) "The origins of the term mentor". History of Education Society Bulletin, No. 64, November 1999, p. 313–329.

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