- a feminine name
- Celt. Legend an Irish heroine who elopes to Scotland with her lover to avoid marrying the king: when the lover is treacherously killed, she commits suicide
Origin of DeirdreOld Irish Derdriu, probably akin to Middle Irish der, young girl
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.
- (Irish mythology) The foremost tragic heroine in the Ulster Cycle of Irish mythology. Daughter of Fedlimid mac Daill. At birth, Cathbad foretold that she would be very beautiful, but that kings and lords would go to war over her. She committed suicide.
- A female given name.
- A beautiful, but suicidal woman.