Origin of nymph
Examples from the Web for nymphs
A disappointment: why nothing about nymphs and satyrs in mythology?Charlotte Gainsbourg’s Raw Performance in ‘Nymphomaniac’ Is Not About the Sex|Jimmy So|March 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
You know, swimming in lakes, collecting miniature butterflies and putting them in boxes and writing letters to nymphs.
The Homeric Cave of Nymphs, περι του εν Οδυσσεια των Νυμφων αντρου.Simon Magus|George Robert Stow Mead
Before I come to the Nymphs, I must get through all disagreeables.
The nymphs in Cupid's band displayed their names, written in large letters on their backs.Wit and Wisdom of Don Quixote|Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
I collect all that the luchet has turned up: larvae, nymphs and adult Beetles.More Hunting Wasps|J. Henri Fabre
One day he met there some nymphs and wood-fairies, who said that they were performing holy rites in honour of the sun.Deccan Nursery Tales|Charles Augustus Kincaid
British Dictionary definitions for nymphs
Word Origin for nymph
Word Origin and History for nymphs
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.
Science definitions for nymphs
Culture definitions for nymphs
Female spirits of classical mythology who lived in forests, bodies of water, and other places outdoors.