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ˈpɜr si əs, -syus; -siˌaɪperseus

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Perseusnoun

    (Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster

  2. Perseusnoun

    a conspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way


  1. Perseusnoun

    The mythological Greek warrior who slew the Gorgon Medusa by decapitating her. He married Andromeda after rescuing her from Ceto and founded Mycenae. He was the son of Jupiter and Danae.

  2. Perseusnoun

    An autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the mythical hero. It includes the stars Algenib and Algol.

  3. Perseusnoun

    The last Antigonid king of Macedonia, Perseus of Macedon.

  4. Etymology: from the Περσέως and Περσεύς.


  1. Perseus

    In Greek mythology, Perseus (/ˈpɜːrsiəs, -sjuːs/; Greek: Περσεύς, translit. Perseús) is the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty. He was, alongside Cadmus and Bellerophon, the greatest Greek hero and slayer of monsters before the days of Heracles. He beheaded the Gorgon Medusa for Polydectes and saved Andromeda from the sea monster Cetus. He was the son of Zeus and the mortal Danaë, as well as the half-brother and great-grandfather of Heracles (as they were both children of Zeus, and Heracles' mother was descended from Perseus).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Perseusnoun

    a Grecian legendary hero, son of Jupiter and Danae, who slew the Gorgon Medusa

  2. Perseusnoun

    a consellation of the northern hemisphere, near Taurus and Cassiopea. It contains a star cluster visible to the naked eye as a nebula

  3. Etymology: [L., from Gr. Persey`s.]


  1. Perseus

    Perseus, the legendary founder of Mycenae and of the Perseid dynasty of Danaans there, was the first of the heroes of Greek mythology whose exploits in defeating various archaic monsters provided the founding myths of the Twelve Olympians. Perseus was a demi-god, the Greek hero who killed the Gorgon Medusa, and claimed Andromeda, having rescued her from a sea monster sent by Poseidon. Cassiopeia declaring that her daughter, Andromeda, was more beautiful than the Nereids is what initially resulted in Andromeda being plagued by Poseidon's sea monster.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Perseus

    per′sūs, n. a fabled Greek hero, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and rescued Andromeda from a sea-monster: a constellation in the northern sky. [Gr.]

The Nuttall Encyclopedia

  1. Perseus

    in the Greek mythology the son of Zeus and Danaë, and the grandson of Acrisius, king of Argos, of whom it was predicted before his birth that he would kill his grandfather, who at his birth enclosed both his mother and him in a chest and cast it into the sea, which bore them to an island where they became slaves of the king, Polydectes, who sought to marry Danaë; failing in his suit, and to compel her to submission, he ordered Perseus off to fetch him the head of the Medusa; who, aided by Hermes and Athena, was successful in his mission, cut off the head of the Medusa with the help of a mirror and sickle, brought it away with him in a pouch, and after delivering and marrying Andromeda in his return journey, exposed the head before Polydectes and court at a banquet, which turned them all into stone, whereupon he gave the Gorgon's head to Athena to place on her shield, and set out for Argos; Acrisius hearing of his approach fled, but was afterwards killed accidentally by his grandson, who in throwing a discus had crushed his foot.


  1. Perseus

    (Per′seus) was a son of Jupiter and Danae, the daughter of Acrisius. His first famous exploit was against the Gorgon, Medusa. He was assisted in this enterprise by Pluto, who lent him a helmet which would make him invisible. Pallas lent him her shield, and Mercury supplied him with wings. He made a speedy conquest of the Gorgons, and cut off Medusa’s head, with which he flew through the air, and from the blood sprang the winged horse Pegasus. As he flew along he saw Andromeda chained to the rock, and a sea-monster ready to devour her. He killed the monster, and married Andromeda. When he got back, he showed the Gorgon’s head to King Polydectes, and the monarch was immediately turned into stone.

    “Now on Daedalian waxen pinions stray, Or those which wafted Perseus on his way.” (F. Lewis.)

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of perseus in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of perseus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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