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

  • n. Greek Mythology The god of the netherworld and dispenser of earthly riches.
  • n. Greek Mythology This netherworld kingdom, the abode of the shades of the dead.
  • n. Hell.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The god of the underworld and ruler of the dead, son of Cronus and Rhea, brother to Zeus, Poseidon
  • proper n. the underworld, the domain of Hades, by transference from its god
  • proper n. In the Septuagint Bible, the Greek translation of Sheol
  • proper n. Hell

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The nether world (according to classical mythology, the abode of the shades, ruled over by Hades or Pluto); the invisible world; the grave.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth: The lord of the lower world, a brother of Zeus, and the husband of Persephone (Proserpine).
  • n. In the Greek New Testament and in the revised English version, the state or abode of the dead indefinitely: often taken as equivalent to purgatory, the intermediate state of the dead, or to hell. See hell.
  • n. [lowercase] The infernal regions; hell.
  • n. In zoology: A genus of lepidopterous insects.
  • n. A genus of coleopterous insects.

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

  • n. (Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone
  • n. (religion) the world of the dead

Etymologies

Greek Haidēs; see weid- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ᾍδης (Hāidēs). (Wiktionary)

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