from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Greek Mythology The god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft, who also served as messenger, scribe, and herald for the other gods.
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- proper n. The herald and messenger of the gods, and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.
- proper n. The planet Mercury when observed as an evening star.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. See mercury.
- n. Originally, a boundary stone dedicated to Hermes as the god of boundaries, and therefore bearing in some cases a head, or head and shoulders, placed upon a quadrangular pillar whose height is that of the body belonging to the head, sometimes having feet or other parts of the body sculptured upon it. These figures, though often representing Hermes, were used for other divinities, and even, in later times, for portraits of human beings. Called also herma. See Terminal statue, under Terminal.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In Greek myth, the herald and messenger of the gods, protector of herdsmen, god of science, commerce, invention, and the arts of life, and patron of travelers and rogues, son of Zeus (Jupiter) and Maia, born on Mount Cyllene in Arcadia.
- n. [lowercase; pl. hermæ (-mē).] In Greek antiquity, a head or bust supported upon a quadrangular base, which corresponds roughly in mass to the absent body, and often bears in front a phallus as an indication of the sex.
- n. The Egyptian god Thoth, as identified with the Greek Hermes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury
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An odd volume of Harris's Hermes caught his fancy, and after having pondered for some time on the alternative, whether he should postpone legs in favour of head, or _vice versa_, he concluded on the former, saying to himself that _Hermes_ would be snatched up by the first person who saw it; but that the second hand silk stockings could be got at any time.
Therewith he spake to Hermes, his dear son: Hermes, forasmuch as even in all else thou art our herald, tell unto the nymph of the braided tresses my unerring counsel, even the return of the patient Odysseus, how he is to come to his home, with no furtherance of gods or of mortal men.
Apollo falling from the limbs of Hermes (_Hermes_, 404, 405).
It was he who taught the Greeks the mode of interpreting terms and things, whence they gave him the name of [Greek: Hermes] [_Hermes_], which signifies _Interpreter_.
Harris got his name of Hermes from his _Hermes, or a Philosophical Inquiry concerning Universal
HERMES: The messenger god Hermes is the one to whom everyone drank, with hopes of receiving good luck in return.
Hermes wrote a work called the _Shepherd or Pastor of Hermes_. [
The French luxury-goods giant's € 1.45 billion ($2.02 billion) acquisition of a 17% stake in Hermes International, best known for its hand-stitched leather goods and silk scarves, is shrewd considering opportunities in the tightly held sector are rare.
In January, I read an article by Myrlin Hermes on the making of her booktrailer for The Lunatic, the Lover and the Poet and she made it sound so simple that ‘I thought I can do this!’
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