[ mawr-fee-uh s, -fyoos ]
/ ˈmɔr fi əs, -fyus /


Classical Mythology. a son of Hypnos and the god of dreams.


    in the arms of Morpheus, asleep.

Origin of Morpheus

1325–75; Middle English < Latin < Greek morph(ḗ) form + Latin -eus noun suffix; coined by Ovid, with allusion to the forms seen in dreams

Related formsMor·phe·an, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for morpheus


/ (ˈmɔːfɪəs, -fjuːs) /


Greek myth the god of sleep and dreams
Derived FormsMorphean, adjective

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Word Origin and History for morpheus


name for the god of dreams in Ovid, son of Sleep, literally "the maker of shapes," from Greek morphe "form, shape, figure," especially "a fine figure, a beautiful form; beauty, fashion, outward appearance," perhaps from PIE *merph-, a possible Greek root meaning "form." Related: Morphean. Cf. Morpho, an epithet of Aphrodite, literally "shapely."

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Culture definitions for morpheus


[ (mawr-fee-uhs) ]

A Roman god of sleep and dreams.


Someone who is “in the arms of Morpheus” is asleep.


The narcotic morphine was named after Morpheus.

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