- a fold of mucous membrane partly closing the external orifice of the vagina in a virgin.
Origin of hymen
- the ancient Greek god of marriage.
Examples from the Web for hymen
I shall toe the scratch if you arrange that I lead the American to the altar of Hymen.The Island Mystery
George A. Birmingham
Mars does not borrow the torch of Hymen to light the little aberrations of Venus!The Man With The Broken Ear
So has ended the first stage, in the benign presence of Hymen.Benjamin Franklin
John Torrey Morse, Jr.
It begins to burn, and will soon shine bright on the shrine of Hymen.'The Last Days of Pompeii
Edward George Bulwer-Lytton
But if she should consent to become his without the blessing of Hymen?Cleopatra, Complete
- anatomy a fold of mucous membrane that partly covers the entrance to the vagina and is usually ruptured when sexual intercourse takes place for the first time
- the Greek and Roman god of marriage
Word Origin and History for hymen
1610s, from French hymen (16c.), from medical Latin, ultimately from Greek hymen "membrane (especially 'virginal membrane,' the membrane par excellence); thin skin," from PIE *syu-men-, from root *syu- "to bind, sew" (see sew). Originally any membrane; present specific meaning begins with Vesalius in the 1555 edition of De humani corporis fabrica. Apparently not directly connected to Hymen, the god of marriage, but sharing the same root and supposed to be related in folk etymology.
1580s, Greek god of marriage, represented as a youth carrying a torch and a veil, perhaps etymologically "the joiner," literally "the one who sews" (two together); see hymen.
- A membranous fold of tissue that partly or completely occludes the external vaginal orifice.
- A mucous membrane that partly closes the opening of the vagina.
The Greek god of the wedding feast.