Ceres

[ seer-eez ]
/ ˈsɪər iz /

noun

a pre-Roman goddess of agriculture under whose name the Romans adopted the worship of the Greek goddess Demeter.
Astronomy. the first asteroid to be discovered, being the largest and one of the brightest.
a town in central California.

Definition for ceres (2 of 3)

cere1
[ seer ]
/ sɪər /

noun Ornithology.

a fleshy, membranous covering of the base of the upper mandible of a bird, especially a bird of prey or a parrot, through which the nostrils open.

Origin of cere

1
1480–90; earlier sere, spelling variant of *cere < Medieval Latin cēra literally, wax < Latin

OTHER WORDS FROM cere

cered, adjectivecere·less, adjective

Definition for ceres (3 of 3)

cere2
[ seer ]
/ sɪər /

verb (used with object), cered, cer·ing.

Archaic. to wrap in or as if in a cerecloth, especially a corpse.
Obsolete. to wax.

Origin of cere

2
1375–1425; late Middle English ceren < Latin cērāre to wax, verbal derivative of cēra wax
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British Dictionary definitions for ceres (1 of 4)

Ceres1
/ (ˈsɪəriːz) /

noun

the Roman goddess of agricultureGreek counterpart: Demeter

British Dictionary definitions for ceres (2 of 4)

Ceres2
/ (ˈsɪəriːz) /

noun

the smallest dwarf planet in the solar system, located in the asteroid belt. It has a diameter of 930 kilometres

British Dictionary definitions for ceres (3 of 4)

cere1
/ (sɪə) /

noun

a soft waxy swelling, containing the nostrils, at the base of the upper beak in such birds as the parrot

Word Origin for cere

C15: from Old French cire wax, from Latin cēra

British Dictionary definitions for ceres (4 of 4)

cere2
/ (sɪə) /

verb

(tr) to wrap (a corpse) in a cerecloth

Word Origin for cere

C15: from Latin cērāre, from cēra wax
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Science definitions for ceres

Ceres
[ sîrēz ]

The closest dwarf planet to the Sun , with an orbit in the asteroid belt. Ceres was the first object in the asteroid belt to be discovered (1801). Initially considered a planet, it was reclassified as an asteroid in the mid-1800s and as a dwarf planet in 2006. It has a diameter of about 960 km (595 mi). See more at dwarf planet.
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Culture definitions for ceres

Ceres
[ (seer-eez) ]

The Roman name for Demeter, the Greek and Roman goddess of agriculture.

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