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[yoo-lis-eez; also British yoo-luh-seez] /yuˈlɪs iz; also British ˈyu ləˌsiz/
Latin name for Odysseus.
(italics) a psychological novel (1922) by James Joyce.
a male given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was the Ulysses of pirates, the beloved not only of Mercury, but of Minerva.

  • Ulysses took command of the remaining twenty-two men, in person.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But Ulysses had no time to waste in trying to get at the mystery.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • On entering the hall, Ulysses saw the magic fountain in the center of it.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • But Ulysses did not waste much time in listening to the laughter or the song.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for Ulysses


/ˈjuːlɪˌsiːz; juːˈlɪsiːz/
the Latin name of Odysseus
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Ulysses

Latin name for Odysseus, from Latin Ulysses, Ulixes. Famous for wandering as well as craftiness and ability at deceit. For -d- to -l- alteration, see lachrymose.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Ulysses in Culture

Ulysses definition

The Roman name of the Greek hero Odysseus.

Note: In the Aeneid of Virgil, which was written in Latin, Odysseus is called Ulysses.
Note: The Irish author James Joyce adopted the name for the title of his masterpiece of the early twentieth century, which is, in part, a retelling of the myth of Odysseus.
The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
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