- Classical Mythology. a Phrygian king, son of Gordius, who was given by Dionysus the power of turning whatever he touched into gold.
- a person of great wealth or great moneymaking ability.
Examples from the Web for midas
And of the 96 men on the Midas List, the overwhelming majority appear to be white, including every single member of the Top 10.We Need to Talk About Silicon Valley's Racism
August 22, 2014
You end up at the ER in the first place when probably you needed a Midas.
So then why end up here versus the primary care equivalent of a Midas for a simple checkup?
But lately critics have wondered whether Midas has lost his touch.Will Smith’s ‘After Earth’ Is Terrible. Has He Lost His Mojo?
May 31, 2013
The problem was that the investors who used it to turn toxic assets into gold forgot how the story of Midas ends.This Week’s Hot Reads, Dec. 31, 2012
Nicholas Mancusi, Jimmy So
December 31, 2012
Among the worshippers of Pan was a certain Midas, who had a strange story.Old Greek Folk Stories Told Anew
Josephine Preston Peabody
Then the wonderful Bacchus told Midas he might have anything he should wish for as a reward.
After making the wish, King Midas leaped into his chariot to return home.
Midas knew him as soon as the peasants had brought him to the king's palace.
Midas went out into his garden and reached for the fruit that hung on the trees.
- Greek legend a king of Phrygia given the power by Dionysus of turning everything he touched to gold
- the Midas touch ability to make money
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Word Origin and History for midas
king of Phrygia whose touched turned everything to gold (including his food), 1560s. Some usages refer to the unrelated story of the ass's ears given him by Apollo for being dull to the charms of his lyre. The name is of Phrygian origin.
In classical mythology, a king who was granted one wish by the god Dionysus. Greedy for riches, Midas wished that everything he touched would turn to gold. He soon regretted his request. When he tried to eat, his food became inedible metal. When he embraced his daughter, she turned into a golden statue. On the instruction of Dionysus, he washed in a river and lost his touch of gold.