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noun Classical Mythology.
  1. the Muse of love poetry.
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Historical Examples

  • Mr. Samuel Lewes, 87; on the reverse side the figure of Erato.

    South London

    Sir Walter Besant

  • Behind a statue of Erato, she was sure that she saw coloured drapery floating in the moonlight.


    Lydia Maria Child

  • Erato, who presides over the poems of love, generally accompanies the youngest and gayest of the Muses, Terpsichore.

  • With such accessories the presence of Erato was perhaps inevitable.

  • Erato, in Greek mythology, one of the nine Muses, whose name signifies loving or lovely.

British Dictionary definitions for erato


  1. Greek myth the Muse of love poetry
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Word Origin and History for erato


muse who presided over lyric poetry, from Greek erastos "loved, beloved; lovely, charming," verbal adjective of eran "to love, to be in love with" (see Eros).

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