- the Greek goddess of the moon.Compare Thyone.
- Also Se·le·na. a female given name.
Origin of Selene
Examples from the Web for selene
Wherever Selene peeped she saw faces, and they all wore an expression of grief.
With a gesture of despair he turned to leave the room but Selene detained him.
Belle showed signs of fatigue, so Selene made her comfortable on the divan.
Belle sat down and laughed again, and this time Selene joined in.
On this point he solemnly assured himself as he knocked at Selene's door.
- the Greek goddess of the moonRoman counterpart: Luna
Word Origin and History for selene
moon goddess, equivalent of Latin Luna, from Greek selene "the moon; name of the moon goddess," related to selas "light, brightness, bright flame, flash of an eye," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (cf. Sanskrit svargah "heaven," Lithuanian svilti "to singe," Old English swelan "to be burnt up," Middle Low German swelan "to smolder"); related to swelter, sultry. Related: Selenian "of or pertaining to the moon as a world," 1660s.