- Classical Mythology. Apollo as the sun god.
- Literary. the sun personified.
Origin of Phoebus
< Latin < Greek Phoîbos literally, bright, akin to pháos light; replacing Middle English Phebus < Medieval Latin; Latin, as above
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Examples from the Web for phoebus
"Pray excuse me," replied Phoebus, with an elegant obeisance.
Come, let us make haste, or the sunshine will be gone, and Phoebus along with it.
And I thought that the word of Phoebus, being divine and full of prophecy, would not fail.The Republic
The first occurrence of Phoebus was rendered with an oe ligature in the original.The Aeneid of Virgil
We might as well have staid at home; not a Phoebus had they, or anything like one.The Lost Dahlia
Mary Russell Mitford
- Also called: Phoebus Apollo Greek myth Apollo as the sun god
- poetic a personification of the sun
C14: via Latin from Greek Phoibos bright; related to phaos light
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Word Origin and History for phoebus
epithet of Apollo as sun-god, late 14c., from Latin Phoebus, from Greek Phoibos, literally "bright, shining, radiant," of unknown origin. Related: Phoeban.
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