[ af-ruh-dahy-tee ]

  1. the ancient Greek goddess of love and beauty, identified by the Romans with Venus.

Origin of Aphrodite

First recorded in 1650–60; from Greek Aphrodī́tē, incorrectly etymologized by the Greeks, e.g., the poet Hesiod (8th century b.c.), to mean “risen from the sea foam” (aphrós), but who correctly believed her to have come from the Levant and associated her especially with the island of Cyprus; probably from Phoenician ʿAshtart (i.e., Astarte), influenced by Greek aphrós; from the Common Semitic root ʿṯtr, used to form personal names of the morning and evening stars; cf. Ashtoreth, Astarte, Esther, Ishtar
  • Also called An·a·dy·om·e·ne [an-uh-dahy-om-uh-nee] /ˌæn ə daɪˈɒm ə ni/ Cypris, Cytherea.

Words Nearby Aphrodite

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How to use Aphrodite in a sentence

  • It was as though I had suddenly entered the last hiding-place of Aphrodite herself.

  • "The most probable one is the next inner planet, Aphrodite," replied Morey.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • In any case, the planets Aphrodite and Terra were by far the most interesting.

    Islands of Space | John W Campbell
  • The only one we managed to catch was the woman calling herself Aphrodite, or Venus.

    Pagan Passions | Gordon Randall Garrett

British Dictionary definitions for Aphrodite


/ (ˌæfrəˈdaɪtɪ) /

  1. Greek myth the goddess of love and beauty, daughter of Zeus: Roman counterpart: Venus Also called: Cytherea

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Cultural definitions for Aphrodite


[ (af-ruh-deye-tee) ]

The Greek and Roman goddess of love and beauty; the mother of Eros and Aeneas. In what may have been the first beauty contest, Paris awarded her the prize (the apple of discord), choosing her over Hera and Athena as the most beautiful goddess (see Judgment of Paris). She was thought to have been born out of the foam of the sea and is thus often pictured rising from the water, notably in The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli.

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