Origin of nymph
Examples from the Web for nymph
Taurus draws on the myth of Io, the nymph who was turned into a snow-white cow.
"You look as if you found the nymph at home," said Rose, knowing how much he liked the Comus.Rose in Bloom|Louisa May Alcott
Dryope would have hastened from the spot, but the displeasure of the nymph had fallen upon her.The Classic Myths in English Literature and in Art (2nd ed.) (1911)|Charles Mills Gayley
Now, while she stopped to pluck a flowering reed, she stood among the stems like a nymph.The Tour|Louis Couperus
British Dictionary definitions for nymph
Word Origin for nymph
Word Origin and History for nymph
late 14c., "class of semi-divine female beings," from Old French nimphe (13c.), from Latin nympha "nymph, demi-goddess; bride, mistress, young woman," from Greek nymphe "bride, young wife," later "beautiful young woman," then "semi-divine being in the form of a beautiful maiden;" related to Latin nubere "to marry, wed" (see nuptial). Sub-groups include dryads, hamadryads, naiads, nereids, and oreads. Sense in English of "young woman, girl" is attested from 1580s. Meaning "insect stage between larva and adult" is recorded from 1570s. Related: Nymphal; nymphean.