- Also called Amor. the ancient Roman god of love and the son of either Mars or Mercury and Venus, identified with Eros and commonly represented as a winged, naked, infant boy with a bow and arrows.
- (lowercase) a similar winged being, or a representation of one, especially as symbolic of love.
Origin of Cupid
Examples from the Web for cupid
A delicious marble Cupid appeared to have just alighted on his pedestal at the upper end of the room.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
The same ginger-haired model served Caravaggio for his Amor Vincit Omnia, where Cupid stands astride an unmade bed.Caravaggio's Grand Passions
June 11, 2010
His Cupid—which, like Veronica Mars, was critically adored yet underwatched—got canceled after one season in 1998.13 TV Shows We Want Back
May 21, 2009
R and I were introduced by a married couple who enjoyed playing Cupid for their pet bachelor, a junior I-banker.What Hookers Do on Valentine's Day
February 13, 2009
A grievous error it is to suppose that Cupid's artillery is limited to bow and arrows.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
It is only in poetry that Cupid is more powerful than either Mammon or Mars.
Who, except Cupid, would barter his liberty for a butterfly?Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I did; the minute-hand was exactly there, under the point of that Cupid's foot.The Room in the Dragon Volant
J. Sheridan LeFanu
Is not the author and parent of all our love, Cupid, as blind as a beetle?The Praise of Folly
- the Roman god of love, represented as a winged boy with a bow and arrowGreek counterpart: Eros
- (not capital) any similar figure, esp as represented in Baroque art
Word Origin and History for cupid
Roman god of passionate love, late 14c., from Latin Cupido, personification of cupido "desire, love," from cupere "to desire" (see cupidity). Identified with Greek Eros. Cupid's bow as a shape, especially of lips, is from 1858.