Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[pur-see-uh s, -syoos] /ˈpɜr si əs, -syus/
noun, genitive Persei
[pur-see-ahy] /ˈpɜr siˌaɪ/ (Show IPA),
for 2.
Classical Mythology. a hero, the son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea monster.
Astronomy. a northern constellation between Cassiopeia and Taurus, containing the variable star Algol. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for Perseus
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In fact, the stick seemed to be alive in his hand, and to lend some of its life to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • "I told you she would be the first to discover them," said Quicksilver to Perseus.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Finally, our brave Perseus arrived at the island, where he expected to see his dear mother.

    The Gorgon's Head Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • In Hartland's "Legend of Perseus" a collection of variants of this story will be found.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • However, every man aboard the Perseus would agree on some things.

    Masters of Space Edward Elmer Smith
British Dictionary definitions for Perseus


(Greek myth) a son of Zeus and Danaë, who with Athena's help slew the Gorgon Medusa and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster


noun (Latin genitive) Persei (ˈpɜːsɪˌaɪ)
a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way. It contains the eclipsing binary, Algol, and a rich cluster of galaxies
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for Perseus

son of Zeus and Danaë, slayer of Medusa, from Greek Perseus, of unknown origin.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Perseus in Science
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2002. Published by Houghton Mifflin. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source
Perseus in Culture
Perseus [(pur-see-uhs, pur-syoohs)]

A hero of classical mythology who killed the Gorgon Medusa. The god Hermes and goddess Athena helped him in this brave deed by giving him winged shoes, a magical sword, and a polished shield. With the help of these, he swooped down on Medusa from the air, used the shield as a mirror, and cut off her head without looking at it directly — for anyone who looked at a Gorgon turned to stone.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for perseus

Difficulty index for Perseus

Most English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for Perseus

Scrabble Words With Friends