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mentor

This page is about the eponym mentor

Meaning

an experienced and trusted guide or advisor; also a verb

For example

  • My mentor taught me everything I know about writing.

  • My uncle mentored me in martial arts. Now I have a black belt in Judo.

Origin: In ancient Greek mythology, Mentor was Odysseus's friend. In Homer's epic poem Odyssey, Mentor advises Telemachus (Odysseus's son) on several personal issues.

Quick Quiz

Which of the following is an example of a mentor?

a. a woman giving her neighbour dating advice

b. an artist teaching a student all she knows about painting

c. a dog chasing a cat with kittens

Contributor: Tara Benwell