1. the ancient Roman goddess of wisdom and the arts, identified with the Greek goddess Athena.
  2. a woman of great wisdom.
  3. a female given name.
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Contemporary Examples of minerva

Historical Examples of minerva

  • He was the Ulysses of pirates, the beloved not only of Mercury, but of Minerva.

  • I had to spring into the situation with knowledge, as Minerva did into life, full grown.

    A Woman Tenderfoot

    Grace Gallatin Seton-Thompson

  • Agar was to be introduced by Princess Mathilde, to whom she was then sitting as Minerva.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • You remember that beautiful head of Minerva, which is near my book-shelf, do you not?

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

  • That night he slept in the temple of Minerva, the wise goddess.

    Classic Myths

    Mary Catherine Judd

British Dictionary definitions for minerva


  1. the Roman goddess of wisdomGreek counterpart: Athena
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Word Origin and History for minerva


ancient Roman goddess of arts, crafts, and sciences; wisdom, sense, and reflection (later identified with Greek Athene), late 14c., mynerfe, from Latin Minerva, from Old Latin Menerva, from *menes-wa, from PIE root *men- "mind, understanding, reason" (see mind (n.)). Cf. Sanskrit Manasvini, name of the mother of the Moon, manasvin "full of mind or sense." Related: Minerval.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

minerva in Culture


The Roman name of Athena, the Greek and Roman goddess of wisdom.

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