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n. Greek Mythology
The daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë who gave Theseus the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth daughter of Minos and Pasiphaë: she gave Theseus the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth


(ˌær iˈæd ni)

(in Greek myth) a daughter of King Minos who gave Theseus the thread by which he escaped from the labyrinth: deserted by Theseus, she became the bride of Dionysus.
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Noun1.Ariadne - beautiful daughter of Minos and PasiphaeAriadne - beautiful daughter of Minos and Pasiphae; she fell in love with Theseus and gave him the thread with which he found his way out of the Minotaur's labyrinth


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