• Ingeniously or cunningly designed; artistic, ingenious, intricate.
  • Difficult to comprehend due to complexity or intricacy.

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Example Sentences

“The plot of the movie was Daedalian, yet somehow the complex pieces fit together by the end.”

“The walls of the mansion concealed a Daedalian series of hidden passages.”

“The dungeon master guided the role-playing gamers through a Daedalian series of scenes.”

Word Origin

Latin, early 17th century

Why this word?

In ancient Greek myth, the inventor and architect Daedalus was a figure of wisdom and creativity. He was known for building the Labyrinth for King Minos and for crafting wax wings for his son Icarus (who used them to fly too close to the sun). Ancient Greeks credited Daedalus with designing the models for the classical Greek architectural structures. In modern English, “Daedalian” pays tribute to the inventor by invoking his name to describe anything ingeniously or craftily designed. “Daedalian” is distinct from the similar adjective “daedal” (which means “crafty” or “skillful”) through its specific description of intricate design and imagination.

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