phoebe

[fee-bee]

Origin of phoebe

1690–1700, Americanism; imitative; spelling by influence of Phoebe

Phoebe

[fee-bee]
noun
  1. Classical Mythology. a Titan, daughter of Uranus and Gaea and mother of Leto, later identified with Artemis and with the Roman goddess Diana.
  2. Astronomy. one of the moons of Saturn.
  3. Literary. the moon personified.
  4. a female given name.
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Contemporary Examples of phoebe

Historical Examples of phoebe

  • Her sister Phoebe, heart-broken by her loss, followed soon after.

  • Phoebe bit her lips because she wanted to treat the subject very seriously.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • "That my girl," Phoebe explained, stopping the soft pat—pat of her butter-ladle.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Phoebe in her earnestness forgot to keep within the limitations of their dialect.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Grant did not even look at Phoebe, but his purpose seemed to waver in spite of himself.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower


British Dictionary definitions for phoebe

phoebe

noun
  1. any of several greyish-brown North American flycatchers of the genus Sayornis, such as S. phoebe (eastern phoebe)

Word Origin for phoebe

C19: imitative of the bird's call

Phoebe

1

Phebe

noun
  1. classical myth a Titaness, who later became identified with Artemis (Diana) as goddess of the moon
  2. poetic a personification of the moon

Phoebe

2
noun
  1. the outermost satellite of the planet Saturn. It has retrograde motion and a dark surface
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Word Origin and History for phoebe
n.

small North American flycatcher, pewit, 1700, phebe, so called in imitation of its cry; spelling altered (1839) by influence of the woman's proper name Phoebe.

Phoebe

fem. proper name, late 14c., originally a name of Artemis as the goddess of the moon, from Latin Phoebe, from Greek phoibos "bright, pure," of unknown origin. The fem. form of Phoebus, an epithet of Apollo as sun-god.

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