noun Classical Mythology.

a daughter of the king of Argos and mother, by Zeus disguised as a shower of gold, of Perseus.

Related formsDan·a·än [dan-ee-uh n] /ˈdæn i ən/, adjective
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Historical Examples of danae

  • Perseus was the son of Danae, who was the daughter of a king.

    The Gorgon's Head

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • But I do know that Rita herself was not a Danae, never, not at any time of her life.

    The Arrow of Gold

    Joseph Conrad

  • That is to say that the Jupiter of Danae changed himself into a shower of gold for her.

    Ten Years Later

    Alexandre Dumas, Pere

  • With horror, he saw that his Danae was an exact portrait of Odette.

    Odette's Marriage

    Albert Delpit

  • He found Claude there alone, gazing mournfully at his Danae that he could not finish.

    Odette's Marriage

    Albert Delpit

British Dictionary definitions for danae



Greek myth the mother of Perseus by Zeus, who came to her in prison as a shower of gold
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