- Classical Mythology. a youth slain by a wild boar but permitted by Zeus to pass four months every year in the lower world with Persephone, four with Aphrodite, and four wherever he chose.
- a very handsome young man.
Origin of Adonis
Related Words for adonisvision, looker, enchanter, ornament, eyeful, stunner, charmer, dream, Adonis, beaut, Venus, Apollo, dreamboat, good-looker, hunk, stud, beefcake
Examples from the Web for adonis
Contemporary Examples of adonis
Cyrus tweeted a series of photos posing with a Hand of Adonis sex toy on a a plane.Ke$ha Leaves Rehab, Miley Cyrus Poses With Sex Toy
March 7, 2014
Brad Pitt, even in an impromptu cell phone photo, manages to look like Adonis on earth.Ellen's Epic Oscar Selfie Is Now the Most Retweeted Tweet Ever
March 3, 2014
The latest Adonis cast in the part is 31-year-old model-turned-actor Jamie Dornan.Meet Jamie Dornan: ’50 Shades of Grey's' New Christian Grey
October 23, 2013
Then Calvin Klein aired a two-minute commercial featuring an Adonis flexing in underwear.Oscars, the Super Bowl for Women & Other People’s Super Bowls
February 22, 2013
For a time he wrote criticism for Mawaqif, a publication founded by the Syrian poet (and perennial Nobel also-ran) Adonis.Elias Khoury: Profile of the Essential Arab Novelist Today
August 3, 2012
Historical Examples of adonis
He had probably "Venus and Adonis" in his pocket when he first reached London.
It is all concerned with the wooing of young Adonis by Venus, an older woman.
One spring morning while hunting in the forest, Adonis wounded two.Classic Myths
Mary Catherine Judd
According to others, however, it was the blood of Adonis which dyed the flower.Storyology
Pansy went, like the steed of Adonis, as if she told the steps.A Pair of Blue Eyes
- Greek myth a handsome youth loved by Aphrodite. Killed by a wild boar, he was believed to spend part of the year in the underworld and part on earth, symbolizing the vegetative cycle
- a handsome young man
Word Origin for Adonis
"a beau," 1620s, from Greek Adonis, name of the youth beloved by Aphrodite, from Phoenician adon "lord," probably originally "ruler," from base a-d-n "to judge, rule." Adonai is the Hebrew cognate.