Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Greek Mythology A strikingly beautiful youth loved by Aphrodite, who transformed the drops of his blood into anemones after he was killed by a boar.
  • noun A handsome young man.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun 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.
  • noun [lowercase] A kind of wig formerly worn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (Gr. Myth.) A youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar.
  • noun A preëminently beautiful young man; a dandy.
  • noun (Bot.) 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 Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Greek Adōnis, of Phoenician origin; see ℵd in Semitic roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From New Latin, from Ancient Greek Ἄδωνις (Adōnis)

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From Ancient Greek Ἄδωνις (Adōnis).

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