- the ancient Greek chthonian goddess of agriculture and the protector of marriage and the social order, identified by the Romans with Ceres. She presided over the Eleusinian mysteries.
Examples from the Web for demeter
Ceremonies at Eleusis, in honour of Demeter, observed with great secrecy.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
Demeter (from Ge-meter, earth-mother) was the daughter of Cronus and Rhea.
Demeter transformed Ascalaphus into an owl for revealing the secret.
Yet when Demeter had braved all the shadows of Hades, only in part was her end accomplished.
No comfort did the words of the Sun God bring to the longing soul of Demeter.
- Greek myth the goddess of agricultural fertility and protector of marriage and womenRoman counterpart: Ceres
Word Origin and History for demeter
goddess of agriculture, mother of Persephone, from Greek Demeter; the second element generally given as mater (see mother); the first element possibly from da, Doric form of Greek ge "earth" (see Gaia), but Liddell & Scott find this "improbable." The Latin masc. proper name Demetrius means "son of Demeter."
The Greek and Roman goddess of grain, agriculture, and the harvest. The story of Demeter and her daughter, Persephone, explains the cycle of the seasons. When Persephone was carried off to the underworld by Hades, Demeter was so forlorn that she did not tend the crops, and the first winter came to the Earth. Eventually Zeus allowed Persephone to rejoin her mother for two-thirds of every year, and thus the cycle of the seasons began.