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

  • n. Greek Mythology A Trojan boy of great beauty whom Zeus carried away to be his lover and to be cupbearer to the gods.
  • n. One of the four brightest satellites of Jupiter and the seventh in distance from the planet. Originally sighted by Galileo, it is one of the largest satellites in the solar system.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. A Trojan boy who was abducted (either by Zeus or Eos), and ultimately became immortal in order to be Zeus' cup-bearer and lover.
  • proper n. A moon of Jupiter.
  • proper n. A servant boy or young waiter, particularly one who serves liquor.
  • proper n. A boy kept for pederastic purposes; a catamite.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, the cupbearer of Zeus or of the Olympian gods, originally a beautiful Trojan youth, transferred to Olympus (according to Homer by the gods, according to others by the eagle of Zeus or by Zeus himself in the form of an eagle), and made immortal.
  • n. Figuratively, a cup-bearer; a waiter.
  • n. The third and largest satellite of the planet Jupiter.

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

  • n. the largest of Jupiter's satellites
  • n. (Greek mythology) a Trojan boy who was so beautiful that Zeus carried him away to serve as cupbearer to the gods

Etymologies

Latin Ganymēdēs, from Greek Ganumēdēs.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek Γανυμήδης (Ganumēdēs, "meant to please"), from γάνυμαι (ganumai, "I rejoice, I am glad") + μῆδος (mēdos, "thought, intention"). (Wiktionary)

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