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 (dîr′drə, -drē)
A legendary princess of Ulster who eloped with her lover, Naoise, to escape marriage to King Conchobar. After the king murdered Naoise, she killed herself.


(European Myth & Legend) Irish myth a beautiful girl who was raised by Conchobar to be his wife but eloped with Naoise. When Conchobar treacherously killed Naoise she took her own life: often used to symbolize Ireland. See also Naoise


(ˈdɪər drə, -dri)

Irish Legend. the wife of Naoise, who killed herself after her husband was murdered by his uncle, King Conchobar.
References in classic literature ?
These three stories are called: The Tragedy of the Children of Lir; The Tragedy of the Children of Tuireann; and Deirdre and the Sons of Usnach.
He foretold that great sorrow and evil should come upon the land because of this child, and so he called her Deirdre, which means trouble or alarm.
Deirdre was placed in a safe and lonely castle, where she was seen of none save her tutor and her nurse, Lavarcam.
When Deirdre saw that, she sighed and said, "Would that I had a husband whose hair was as the color of the raven, his cheeks as blood, and his skin as snow.
After that here was no rest for Deirdre until she had seen Naisi.
There, in Scotland, Deirdre and Naisi lived for many years happily.
But Conor never forgot his anger at the escape of Deirdre.
Naisi and Deirdre were seated together one day, and between them Conor's chess board, they playing upon it.
That was not the call of a man of Erin,' says Deirdre, 'but the call of a man of Alba.
It is not indeed,' says Deirdre, 'and let us play on.
Then Deirdre declared she knew the first call sent forth by Fergus.
A vision I saw last night,' says Deirdre, 'namely that three birds came unto us having three sups of honey in their beaks, and that they left them with us, and that they took three sups of our blood with them.