What does Hades mean?

Definitions for Hadesˈheɪ diz

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Pluto, Hades, Aides, Aidoneus(noun)

    (Greek mythology) the god of the underworld in ancient mythology; brother of Zeus and husband of Persephone

  2. Hell, Hades, infernal region, netherworld, Scheol, underworld(noun)

    (religion) the world of the dead

    "No one goes to Hades with all his immense wealth"-Theognis


  1. Hades(ProperNoun)

    The god of the underworld and ruler of the dead, son of Cronus and Rhea, brother to Zeus, Poseidon

  2. Hades(ProperNoun)

    the underworld, the domain of Hades, by transference from its god

  3. Hades(ProperNoun)

    In the Septuagint Bible, the Greek translation of Sheol

  4. Hades(ProperNoun)


  5. Origin: From ᾍδης.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hades(noun)

    the nether world (according to classical mythology, the abode of the shades, ruled over by Hades or Pluto); the invisible world; the grave

  2. Origin: [Gr. "a`,dhs, "A'idhs; 'a priv. + 'idei^n to see. Cf. Un-, Wit.]


  1. Hades

    Hades was the ancient Greek god of the underworld. Eventually, the god's name came to designate the abode of the dead. In Greek mythology, Hades is the oldest male child of Cronus and Rhea considering the order of birth from the mother, or the youngest, considering the regurgitation by the father. The latter view is attested in Poseidon's speech in the Iliad. According to myth, he and his brothers Zeus and Poseidon defeated the Titans and claimed rulership over the cosmos, ruling the underworld, air, and sea, respectively; the solid earth, long the province of Gaia, was available to all three concurrently. Later the Greeks started referring to the god as Plouton, which the Romans Latinized as Pluto. The Romans would associate Hades/Pluto with their own chthonic gods, Dis Pater and Orcus. The corresponding Etruscan god was Aita. He is often pictured with the three-headed dog Cerberus. In the later mythological tradition, though not in antiquity, he is associated with the Helm of Darkness and the bident. The term hades in Christian theology is parallel to Hebrew sheol, and refers to the abode of the dead. The Christian concept of hell is more akin to and communicated by the Greek concept of Tartarus, a deep, gloomy part of hades used as a dungeon of torment and suffering.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hades

    hā′dēz, n. the unseen world: the abode of the dead indefinitely, hell. [Gr. haidēs, hadēs, dubiously derived from a, neg., and idein, to see.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hades

    the dark abode of the shades of the dead in the nether world, the entrance into which, on the confines of the Western Ocean, is unvisited by a single ray of the sun; originally the god of the nether world, and a synonym of Pluto (q. v.).

Suggested Resources

  1. hades

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

Anagrams for Hades »

  1. ashed, heads, shade


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hades in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hades in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Anaxagoras:

    The descent to Hades is the same from every place.

  2. Homer:

    Hateful to me as the gates of Hades is that man who hides one thing in his heart and speaks another.

Images & Illustrations of Hades

  1. HadesHadesHades

Translations for Hades

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Hades »


Find a translation for the Hades definition in other languages:

Select another language:

Discuss these Hades definitions with the community:

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:     


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


"Hades." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2018. Web. 20 Mar. 2018. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Hades>.

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

Nearby & related entries:

Alternative searches for Hades:

Thanks for your vote! We truly appreciate your support.