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[mi-nur-vuh] /mɪˈnɜr və/
the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
a woman of great wisdom.
a female given name. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He was the Ulysses of pirates, the beloved not only of Mercury, but of Minerva.

  • I had to spring into the situation with knowledge, as Minerva did into life, full grown.

    A Woman Tenderfoot Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson
  • Agar was to be introduced by Princess Mathilde, to whom she was then sitting as Minerva.

    My Double Life Sarah Bernhardt
  • You remember that beautiful head of Minerva, which is near my book-shelf, do you not?

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • That night he slept in the temple of Minerva, the wise goddess.

    Classic Myths Mary Catherine Judd
  • Prometheus knows one secret which Jove must bargain for; Minerva, another.

    Essays, First Series Ralph Waldo Emerson
  • It is Minerva Press and the rest of it, but all that comes of a d———d public.

British Dictionary definitions for Minerva


the Roman goddess of wisdom Greek counterpart Athena
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Minerva

ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Minerva in Culture

Minerva definition

The Roman name of Athena, the Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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