- Classical Mythology. a young man kept forever youthful through eternal sleep and loved by Selene.
- (italics) a narrative poem (1818) by John Keats.
Examples from the Web for endymion
His poem "Endymion" was criticised severely in the Quarterly Review.Graded Poetry: Second Year
One of her pursuers (the Endymion) overtook her, when a sharp action began.
Yet for Endymion the things of earth no longer held any value.A Book of Myths
The late Mr. Stibbs bought the 'remainder' of Keats's 'Endymion' at 4d.The Book-Hunter in London
We cannot wonder that Endymion attracted Shakespeare, for it is the most "romantic" of all Lyly's plays.John Lyly
John Dover Wilson
- Greek myth a handsome youth who was visited every night by the moon goddess Selene, who loved him
Word Origin and History for endymion
beautiful youth loved by Moon-goddess Selene, from Greek, perhaps literally "diver, plunger," from endyein "to enter into, sink into, plunge, dive," which was used in reference to the sun or stars setting into the sea. On this theory, he originally was a solar deity, a personification of the setting sun.