What does Daphne mean?

Definitions for Daphne
ˈdæf niDaphne

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Daphne.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. daphnenoun

    any of several ornamental shrubs with shiny mostly evergreen leaves and clusters of small bell-shaped flowers

  2. Daphnenoun

    (Greek mythology) a nymph who was transformed into a laurel tree to escape the amorous Apollo


  1. daphnenoun

    Any one of least 50 species of shrub of the Thymelaeaceae family, some of which are grown as ornamentals.

    Etymology: From the δάφνη.

  2. Daphnenoun

    A dryad pursued by Apollo, who was turned into a laurel tree by the river god Peneus.

    Run when you will, the story shall be chang'd; / Apollo flies, and Daphne holds the chase; / The dove pursues the griffin

    Etymology: From Ancient Greek δάφνη ( dáphnē , " laurel, bay") .

  3. Daphnenoun

    41 Daphne, a main belt asteroid.

    Etymology: From Ancient Greek δάφνη ( dáphnē , " laurel, bay") .

  4. Daphnenoun

    A female given name from Ancient Greek.

    My wife. Daphne. Yes, that was, is, her name. For some reason people have always found it faintly comic. I think it matches very well her damp, dark, myopic beauty.

    Etymology: From Ancient Greek δάφνη ( dáphnē , " laurel, bay") .

Webster Dictionary

  1. Daphnenoun

    a genus of diminutive Shrubs, mostly evergreen, and with fragrant blossoms

    Etymology: [L., a laurel tree, from Gr. da`fnh.]

  2. Daphnenoun

    a nymph of Diana, fabled to have been changed into a laurel tree

    Etymology: [L., a laurel tree, from Gr. da`fnh.]


  1. Daphne

    Daphne is a minor figure in Greek mythology known as a Naiad—a type of female nymph associated with fountains, wells, springs, streams, brooks and other bodies of freshwater. There are several versions of the myth, but the general narrative is that because of her beauty, Daphne attracted the attention and ardor of the god Apollo. Apollo pursued her and just before being overtaken, Daphne pleaded to her mother Gaia to be rescued. Gaia then swallowed her in the earth, and subsequently created the laurel tree tree to console Apollo's grief. The laurel is sacred symbol connected to Apollo throughout Greek myth. Pausanias identified Daphne as the daughter of the rivergod Ladon and Ge. In Metamorphoses by Roman poet Ovid, she is identified as the daughter of the rivergod Pineios in Thessaly. At the Pythian Games which were held every four years in Delphi in honour of Apollo, a wreath of laurel gathered from the Vale of Tempe in Thessaly was given as a prize. According to Pausanias the reason for this "simply and solely because the prevailing tradition has it that Apollon fell in love with the daughter of Ladon"

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Daphne

    daf′nē, n. a genus of shrubs or small trees. [Gr.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Daphne

    a nymph chased by Apollo, transformed into a laurel as he attempts to seize her; henceforth sacred to the god.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Daphne

    A plant genus of the family THYMELAEACEAE. They are evergreen shrubs much cultivated in garden borders and rock gardens in mild climates. Members contain mezerein, flavonoids, and COUMARINS such as daphnetin and daphnin.

Suggested Resources

  1. daphne

    Song lyrics by daphne -- Explore a large variety of song lyrics performed by daphne on the Lyrics.com website.


  1. Daphne

    (Daph′ne). The goddess of the earth. Apollo courted her, but she fled from him, and was, at her own request, turned into a laurel tree.

    “... As Daphne was Root-bound, that fled Apollo.” (Milton.)

Matched Categories

How to pronounce Daphne?

How to say Daphne in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Daphne in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Daphne in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of Daphne in a Sentence

  1. Joseph Muscat:

    In the course of her work she made many enemies, whether in organized crime, business, government or among the general public, allegations of organized threats or harassment against Caruana Galizia or Caruana Galizia family are wholly false. My family and I were at the center of Daphne Caruana Galizia's politically motivated attacks, but Paul Caruana Galizia did not respond to her provocations.

  2. Ana Gomes:

    The culture of impunity in Malta ... fosters corruption, organized financial criminality and state capture, and it was that culture that created the conditions for the murder of Daphne Caruana Galizia.

  3. Dave Chappelle:

    I don't know what the trans community did for Daphne Dorman, but I don't care, because I feel like Daphne Dorman wasn't their tribe.

  4. Phoebe Dynevor:

    I’m sure Daphne will end up getting involved, i do wonder what it looks like. I’m excited to find out.

  5. Ashley Smith:

    Daphne Goujon said.  (Elina Shirazi) It was just about having our own wedding and our own story, something to tell our kids and our grandkids that during this really bizarre time we did something really cool, Chris Goujon added. CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP FOR OUR LIFESTYLE NEWSLETTER Washington, D.C. couple Blake and Ashley Smith decided to have a small ceremony. While they didnt go virtual, the couple says they are planning to hold the full wedding in August. The Smiths said that even though they did not plan on a virtual wedding, they don’t think it’s a bad idea for other couples who don’t want to postpone the date. (Chelsea Photography) The Smiths walk down the aisle in the presence of a few family members. They say they are grateful for the small ceremony they had and plan on having the real thing in a few months. (Chelsea Photography) FOLLOW US ON FACEBOOK FOR MORE FOX LIFESTYLE NEWS We were monitoring the news very closely. Just one week prior to our planned wedding date of March 22, the CDC recommended that gatherings of 50 or more be canceled or rescheduled, our wedding had 252 confirmed attendees, even after cancellations. The weight of the global pandemic began to weigh on our hearts and the health of our guests became a huge concern. On the Monday before our wedding, we postponed until August 23. We could not truly celebrate with the possibility of putting the health of our closest friends and family in danger. The silver lining is that we decided that we wanted to still get married. My mother is an ordained minister and performed our wedding ceremony. My father built the backdrop.

Images & Illustrations of Daphne

  1. DaphneDaphneDaphneDaphneDaphne

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for Daphne

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Daphne »


Find a translation for the Daphne definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:

Discuss these Daphne definitions with the community:



    Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


    "Daphne." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 18 Jan. 2022. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Daphne>.

    Are we missing a good definition for Daphne? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Browse Definitions.net

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!


    Are you a words master?

    a disposition that is confused or nervous and upset
    • A. caddie
    • B. huff
    • C. fluster
    • D. lucubrate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Daphne: