Definitions

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

  • noun Roman Mythology The goddess of agriculture.
  • noun The closest dwarf planet to the sun, with an orbit between Mars and Jupiter. Ceres was the first object in the asteroid belt to be discovered.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In class. myth., the name given by the Romans to the Greek goddess Demeter, whose worship they adopted with some subordinate differences.
  • noun An asteroid discovered by Piazzi at Palermo, Sicily, in 1801.

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

  • noun (Class. Myth.) The daughter of Saturn and Ops or Rhea, the goddess of corn and tillage.
  • noun (Actron.) The first discovered asteroid.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • proper noun Roman mythology The Roman goddess of agriculture; equivalent to the Greek goddess Demeter.
  • proper noun astronomy A celestial body orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, the largest asteroid and innermost dwarf planet; officially called 1 Ceres.

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

  • noun (Roman mythology) goddess of agriculture; counterpart of Greek Demeter
  • noun the largest asteroid and the first discovered

Etymologies

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

[Latin Cerēs; see ker- in Indo-European roots.]

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Latin Cerēs, goddess of the bounty, akin to crēare ("to create"), crēscere ("to grow"), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱer- (“to grow”). More at create.

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