- Classical Mythology. a youth slain by a wild boar but permitted by Zeus to pass four months every year in the lower world with Persephone, four with Aphrodite, and four wherever he chose.
- a very handsome young man.
Origin of Adonis
Examples from the Web for adonises
Adonises are very neat in habit, and the foliage is fine and interesting.The Practical Garden-Book
C. E. Hunn
A long line of more or less successful Adonises have followed in his footsteps.In Vanity Fair
Eleanor Hoyt Brainerd
At least some of the delphiniums, papavers and adonises germinate very imperfectly, if at all, in direct light.The Nursery Book
Liberty Hyde Bailey
Peasants imagine themselves princes; Calibans believe themselves to be Adonises; beggars imagine themselves millionaires.The Confessions of a Caricaturist, Vol 2 (of 2)
They are not Apollos, and Venuses, nor Adonises, that knock at painters' doors.
- Greek myth a handsome youth loved by Aphrodite. Killed by a wild boar, he was believed to spend part of the year in the underworld and part on earth, symbolizing the vegetative cycle
- a handsome young man
Word Origin and History for adonises
"a beau," 1620s, from Greek Adonis, name of the youth beloved by Aphrodite, from Phoenician adon "lord," probably originally "ruler," from base a-d-n "to judge, rule." Adonai is the Hebrew cognate.