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Mentor in Homer's Odyssey, the character in whose guise Athena appears to the young Telemachus and acts as his guide and adviser; the familiarity of the story was reinforced by Les Aventures des Télémaque (1699) by the French theologian and writer Fénélon. From the mid 18th century, mentor has been used to mean an experienced and trusted adviser.

In the 18th and 19th centuries, Mentor was frequently used in book titles to denote a guide-book or book of advice.

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men·tor / ˈmenˌtôr; -tər/ • n. an experienced and trusted adviser: he was her friend and mentor until his death in 1915. ∎  an experienced person in a company, college, or school who trains and counsels new employees or students. • v. [tr.] to advise or train (someone, esp. a younger colleague). DERIVATIVES: men·tor·ship / ship/ n.

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mentor experienced and trusted counsellor. XVIII. — F. mentor, appellative use of L. Mentor — Gr. Méntōr, name of the Ithacan noble whose disguise Athene assumed to act as guide to the young Telemachus in the ‘Odyssey’; the name was prob. chosen for its etymol. significance (f. *men- *mon- remember, think, counsel).

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mentor (men-tor) n. a person with the experience and knowledge to fulfil the role of a trusted friend and adviser. The mentor guides, counsels, and supports a student or junior in a clinical or educational area. This role can be formal or informal.

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Mentor (in Greek mythology)

Mentor (mĕn´tər, –tôr´), in Greek mythology, friend of Odysseus and tutor of Telemachus. On several occasions in the Odyssey, Athena assumes Mentor's form to give advice to Telemachus or Odysseus. His name is proverbial for a faithful and wise adviser.

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Mentor (village, United States)

Mentor, residential village (1990 pop. 47,358), Lake co., NE Ohio, on Lake Erie; founded 1799, inc. 1855. James Garfield was living there when he was elected President, and his home, "Lawnfield," is preserved.

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mentor •cantor • lector • caveat emptor •centaur, mentor, stentor •Wichita • Choctaw • coldstore • Utah •drugstore • megastore • Minotaur •superstore

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