from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology A strikingly beautiful youth loved by Aphrodite.
  • n. A very handsome young man.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite.
  • proper n. A male given name
  • n. A beautiful man.
  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the tribe Ranunculeae — known as pheasant's eye or blood-drops.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.
  • n. A preëminently beautiful young man; a dandy.
  • n. A genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceæ, containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A beau; a dandy; an exquisite: as, he is quite an Adonis. In botany, a genus of European plants belonging to the natural order Ranunculaceæ.
  • n. [lowercase] A kind of wig formerly worn.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. any handsome young man
  • n. annual or perennial herbs
  • n. (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone


Greek Adōnis, of Phoenician origin; see אd in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From New Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἄδωνις (Adōnis) (Wiktionary)
From Ancient Greek Ἄδωνις (Adōnis). (Wiktionary)


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