from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The planet Venus in its appearance as the evening star.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The planet Venus when observed as an evening star.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Venus when she is the evening star; Hesper.
- n. Evening.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The evening star; especially, the planet Venus as evening star (as morning star, called by the Greeks Phosphoros, and by the Romans Lucifer, ‘light-bringer’): in mythology, personified as a son of Astræus and Eos (Aurora), or a son or brother of Atlas, and sometimes called the “father of the Hesperides.” Also, poetically, Hesper.
- n. [NL.] In entomology, a genus of Staphylinidæ or rove-beetles.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a planet (usually Venus) seen at sunset in the western sky
Middle English, from Latin, from Greek hesperos; see Hesperian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin hesperus, from Ancient Greek ἕσπερος (hesperos), originally an adjective ‘western’. (Wiktionary)