What does Adonis mean?

Definitions for Adonis
əˈdɒn ɪs, əˈdoʊ nɪsado·nis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. adonisnoun

    any handsome young man

  2. Adonis, genus Adonisnoun

    annual or perennial herbs

  3. Adonisnoun

    (Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone

    "when Adonis died Zeus decreed that he should spend winters in the underworld with Persephone and spend summers with Aphrodite"


  1. Adonisnoun

    A beautiful man.

  2. Adonisnoun

    A beautiful young man loved by Aphrodite.

  3. Etymology: From Ἄδωνις.


  1. Adonis

    In Greek mythology, Adonis was the mortal lover of the goddess Aphrodite. One day, Adonis was gored by a wild boar during a hunting trip and died in Aphrodite's arms as she wept. His blood mingled with her tears and became the anemone flower. Aphrodite declared the Adonia festival commemorating his tragic death, which was celebrated by women every year in midsummer. During this festival, Greek women would plant "gardens of Adonis", small pots containing fast-growing plants, which they would set on top of their houses in the hot sun. The plants would sprout, but soon wither and die. Then the women would mourn the death of Adonis, tearing their clothes and beating their breasts in a public display of grief. The Greeks considered Adonis's cult to be of Near Eastern origin. Adonis's name comes from a Canaanite word meaning "lord" and most modern scholars consider the story of Aphrodite and Adonis to be derived from the earlier Mesopotamian myth of Inanna (Ishtar) and Dumuzid (Tammuz). In late 19th and early 20th century scholarship of religion, Adonis was widely seen as a prime example of the archetypal dying-and-rising god. His name is often applied in modern times to handsome youths, of whom he is the archetype.


  1. adonis

    Adonis is a figure from ancient Greek mythology who is associated with beauty and desire. He is often used as a symbol of male attractiveness and youthfulness. The term 'Adonis' is also used colloquently to refer to a very attractive young man. In botany, Adonis is a genus of plants in the family Ranunculaceae.

  2. adonis

    Adonis refers to a very handsome young man, often associated with Greek mythology. The term originates from the myth of Adonis, the beloved of Aphrodite who was considered extremely attractive. As a result, the term often implies not only physical attractiveness, but also appeal and allure.

  3. adonis

    An Adonis is a term used to describe a very handsome young man, often with a well-built, muscular physique. It originates from Greek mythology, where Adonis was a strikingly handsome youth who was loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. The term is often used in literature and popular culture to represent male physical perfection.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Adonisnoun

    a youth beloved by Venus for his beauty. He was killed in the chase by a wild boar

  2. Adonisnoun

    a preeminently beautiful young man; a dandy

  3. Adonisnoun

    a genus of plants of the family Ranunculaceae, containing the pheasant's eye (Adonis autumnalis); -- named from Adonis, whose blood was fabled to have stained the flower

  4. Etymology: [L., gr. Gr. 'A`dwnis.]


  1. Adonis

    Adonis, in Greek mythology, is the god of beauty and desire, and is a central figure in various mystery religions. His religion belonged to women: the dying of Adonis was fully developed in the circle of young girls around the poet Sappho from the island of Lesbos, about 600 BC, as revealed in a fragment of Sappho's surviving poetry. Adonis is one of the most complex figures in classical times. He has had multiple roles, and there has been much scholarship over the centuries concerning his meaning and purpose in Greek religious beliefs. He is an annually-renewed, ever-youthful vegetation god, a life-death-rebirth deity whose nature is tied to the calendar. His name is often applied in modern times to handsome youths, of whom he is the archetype. Adonis is often referred to as the mortal god of Beauty.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Adonis

    a-dō′nis, n. a beautiful youth, beloved by Aphrodite (Venus): a beau or dandy.—v.t. and v.i. Ad′onise, to make beautiful.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Adonis

    A plant genus of the family RANUNCULACEAE. Members contain cardenolide oligoglycosides such as adoniside, adonisidum and alepposide.

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. adonis

    An anguilliform fish, about six inches long: it is of a golden colour, with a greenish tint, and has a white line from its very small gills to the tail.

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Etymology and Origins

  1. Adonis

    The name given to a beautiful youth, and also to the anemone, after Adonis, who was beloved by Venus. The flower is said to have sprung from his blood when he was gored to death by a wild boar in the chase.


  1. Adonis

    (Ado′nis), the beautiful attendant of Venus, who held her train. He was killed by a boar, and turned by Venus into an anemone.

    “Even as the sun with purple-colored face Had ta’en his last leave of the weeping morn. Rose-cheeked Adonis hied him to the chase; Hunting he loved, but love he laughed to scorn.” (Shakespeare.)

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Adonis is ranked #53538 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Adonis surname appeared 386 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Adonis.

    63.4% or 245 total occurrences were Black.
    12.9% or 50 total occurrences were White.
    12.1% or 47 total occurrences were Asian.
    9.3% or 36 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 8 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adonis in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Adonis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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