[ hip-nos ]
/ ˈhɪp nɒs /


the ancient Greek god of sleep.

Origin of Hypnos

< Greek hýpnos sleep; cognate with Old English swefn, Latin somnus, Welsh hun; cf. sopor
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Examples from the Web for hypnos

  • "Hypnos," I sighed the word; and—another face, Fanny's, seemed to melt into and mingle with the visionary features.

    Memoirs of a Midget|Walter de la Mare
  • When she arose, at length, she met the eyes of Hypnos and Oneiros and Thanatos—the gentle gods who give forgetfulness to men.

British Dictionary definitions for hypnos


/ (ˈhɪpnɒs) /


Greek myth the god of sleepRoman counterpart: Somnus Compare Morpheus

Word Origin for Hypnos

Greek: sleep
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