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Minerva

[ mi-nur-vuh ]

noun

  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.


Minerva

/ mɪˈnɜːvə /

noun

  1. the Roman goddess of wisdom Greek counterpartAthena


Minerva

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


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Word History and Origins

Origin of Minerva1

First recorded before 1000 Minerva fordef 1; 1780–85 Minerva fordef 2; from Latin Minerva, earlier Menerva, from unattested Meneswā, perhaps meaning “intelligent, wise (woman),” or “woman who measures (the phases of the moon)”

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Example Sentences

Northup was born in the New York town of Minerva in 1808, and held numerous jobs upstate, one of which was a violinist.

Outside, on the roof, the clock is flanked by more Beaux Arts touches: statues of Hercules, Mercury, and Minerva.

That afternoon, Maria presented her Minerva Awards to five “remarkable women” who have changed lives.

The olive, too, was sacred to Minerva, and as the symbol of peace was woven into the victors crown.

Athene (Roman Minerva) however, the goddess of wisdom, had a character without a flaw, and ranked with Apollo in wisdom.

The feast of Minerva lasted five days, when offerings were made by all mechanics, artists, and scholars.

At this time the minds of our yachtsmen were sorely fretted by the performance of the cutter 'Minerva' from Scotland.

But a new art does not rise from the mind of a nation as Minerva is said to have risen from the head of Jupiter.

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