- Mount. Modern name Liakoura. a mountain in central Greece, N of the Gulf of Corinth and near Delphi. About 8000 feet (2440 meters).
- a collection of poems or of elegant literature.
- the world of poetry or poets collectively: a rhymester striving to enter Parnassus.
- any center of poetry or artistic activity: Greenwich Village was once the Parnassus of the U.S.
Examples from the Web for parnassus
From a dungeon she lifted him to Parnassus, lifted him to the top.The Paliser case
The ascents of Parnassus and Olympus, of which he speaks, are perhaps only fictions.The Civilisation of the Renaissance in Italy
I have still a word to say about the poor of our own parish of Parnassus.Memoirs of the Life of Sir Walter Scott, Volume V (of 10)
John Gibson Lockhart
But there is room, as I hope, for many kinds of music-makers in the fields about Parnassus.The God of Love
Justin Huntly McCarthy
You at first are inclined to say, How very absurd, to put only one tree on Parnassus!Ariadne Florentina
- Mount Parnassus a mountain in central Greece, in NW Boeotia: in ancient times sacred to Dionysus, Apollo, and the Muses, with the Castalian Spring and Delphi on its slopes. Height: 2457 m (8061 ft)Modern Greek names: Parnassós (ˌparnaˈsɔs), Liákoura
- the world of poetry
- a centre of poetic or other creative activity
- a collection of verse or belles-lettres
Word Origin and History for parnassus
late 14c., from Latin, from Greek Parnassos, mountain in central Greece, sacred to Apollo and the Muses, thus symbolic of poetry. Room writes that the name is from Hittite parna "abode." Related: Parnassian.