What does Hermes mean?

Definitions for Hermes
ˈhɜr mizHer·mes

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Hermesnoun

    (Greek mythology) messenger and herald of the gods; god of commerce and cunning and invention and theft; identified with Roman Mercury


  1. Hermesnoun

    The herald and messenger of the gods, and the god of roads, commerce, invention, cunning, and theft.

    Etymology: From the Ἑρμῆς, itself of unknown meaning and origin.

  2. Hermesnoun

    The planet Mercury when observed as an evening star.

    Etymology: From the Ἑρμῆς, itself of unknown meaning and origin.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Hermesnoun

    see Mercury

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. .]

  2. Hermesnoun

    originally, a boundary stone dedicated to Hermes as the god of boundaries, and therefore bearing in some cases a head, or head and shoulders, placed upon a quadrangular pillar whose height is that of the body belonging to the head, sometimes having feet or other parts of the body sculptured upon it. These figures, though often representing Hermes, were used for other divinities, and even, in later times, for portraits of human beings. Called also herma. See Terminal statue, under Terminal

    Etymology: [L., fr. Gr. .]


  1. Hermes

    Hermes was an Olympian god in Greek religion and mythology, son of Zeus and the Pleiad Maia. He was second youngest of the Olympian gods. Hermes was a god of transitions and boundaries. He was quick and cunning, and moved freely between the worlds of the mortal and divine, as emissary and messenger of the gods, intercessor between mortals and the divine, and conductor of souls into the afterlife. He was protector and patron of travelers, herdsmen, thieves, orators and wit, literature and poets, athletics and sports, invention and trade. In some myths he is a trickster, and outwits other gods for his own satisfaction or the sake of humankind. His attributes and symbols include the herma, the rooster and the tortoise, purse or pouch, winged sandals, winged cap, and his main symbol was the herald's staff, the Greek kerykeion or Latin caduceus which consisted of two snakes wrapped around a winged staff. In the Roman adaptation of the Greek pantheon, Hermes was identified with the Roman god Mercury, who, though inherited from the Etruscans, developed many similar characteristics, such as being the patron of commerce.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Hermes

    hėr′mēz, n. the herald and messenger of the gods of Greek mythology, patron of herdsmen, arts, and thieves: a head or bust on a square base, often double-faced:—pl. Hermæ (her′mē): the Egyptian Thoth, identified with the Greek Hermes.

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Hermes

    the Mercury of the Romans; in the Greek mythology the herald of the gods and the god of eloquence and of all kinds of cunning and dexterity in word and action; invented the lyre, the alphabet, numbers, astronomy, music, the cultivation of the olive, &c.; was the son of Zeus and Maia; wore on embassy a winged cap, winged sandals, and carried a herald's wand as symbol of his office.

Suggested Resources

  1. hermes

    Quotes by hermes -- Explore a large variety of famous quotes made by hermes on the Quotes.net website.


  1. Hermes

    (Her′mes). A Greek name of the god Mercury.

    “Hermes obeys. With golden pinions binds His flying feet and mounts the western winds.” (Virgil.)

Matched Categories

How to pronounce Hermes?

How to say Hermes in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hermes in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Hermes in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Hermes in a Sentence

  1. Amar Singh:

    We have had discussions with Hermes, and we will take pictures and send them to Paris to verify their authenticity and their value.

  2. The Divine Pymander:

    The path to immortality is hard, and only a few find it. The rest await the Great Day when the wheels of the universe shall be stopped and the immortal sparks shall escape from the sheaths of substance. Woe unto those who wait, for they must return again, unconscious and unknowing, to the seed-ground of stars, and await a new beginning. Those who are saved by the light of the mystery which I have revealed unto you, O Hermes, and which I now bid you to establish among men, shall return again to the Father who dwelleth in the White Light, and shall deliver themselves up to the Light and shall be absorbed into the Light, and in the Light they shall become Powers in God. This is the Way of Good and is revealed only to them that have wisdom.

  3. Bakr Abdel-Wahab:

    We aim to increase the investments managed by EFG-Hermes in renewable energy to 1.5-2 billion euros ($1.7-2.3 billion) within the next two years to 2018.

  4. Jane Birkin:

    I have asked Hermes to rename the Birkin Croco until they adopt better practices that meet international standards for the production of this bag.

Images & Illustrations of Hermes

  1. HermesHermesHermesHermesHermes

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for Hermes

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for Hermes »


Find a translation for the Hermes 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 Hermes definitions with the community:



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


    "Hermes." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2021. Web. 19 Oct. 2021. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/Hermes>.

    Are we missing a good definition for Hermes? 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 (usually canopied) seat for riding on the back of a camel or elephant
    • A. volubility
    • B. howdah
    • C. sapling
    • D. calcaneus

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for Hermes: