Definition: skillful, artistic

Pronunciation: DE-dal

Synonyms: complex, elaborate, intricate


Introduced to the English language in the 1610s, daedal derives from the Latin ‘daedalus’ and the Greek ‘daidalos’ meaning skilful or cunningly wrought.

Why this word?

Because of the above ‘cunningly wrought’ part which I dug up from the Merriam Webster dictionary; my interpretation of these words’ combination leads us thousands of years back, to the dream world of Greek Mythology which is the very origin to this word.

King Minos finds himself amidst a never ending quarrel with the Minotaur, a harmful part man part bull creature, following which he orders Daedalus, an amazingly skilled craftsman, to build a labyrinth where the Minotaur will be kept forever, devoid the ability to escape. Daedalus builds the labyrinth for King Minos, but instead of rewarding him for his work and effort, Minos locks Daedalus in the highest tower in the labyrinth, moreover- he locks his son, Icarus, in as well. Why does he do that? Since Daedalus knows the secrets to the labyrinth and leaving him outside means risking him giving those secrets away… But Daedalus doesn’t seize to amaze. Patiently he collects feathers from birds flying all the way to their locking tower. Eventually he collects enough feathers to make two pairs of wings- a pair for him and a pair for his son, Icarus.

Before they set off, he tells Icarus not to fly too close to the sun as his wings will melt (a metaphor for exaggerated aspirations I believe most of you are familiar with). That flying attempt was indeed the last one for Icarus, but Daedalus survives.

How to use the word daedal in a sentence?

Daedal is an adjective pertaining to skilful people, who, like Daedal, see no limits to what they can do.

If and when you meet a person of that nature, honor him by referring to him as daedal.


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Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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