[ fee-buh s ]
/ ˈfi bəs /


Classical Mythology. Apollo as the sun god.
Literary. the sun personified.

Origin of Phoebus

< Latin < Greek Phoîbos literally, bright, akin to pháos light; replacing Middle English Phebus < Medieval Latin; Latin, as above

Related formsPhoe·be·an [fi-bee-uh n, fee-bee-] /fɪˈbi ən, ˈfi bi-/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Also called: Phoebus Apollo Greek myth Apollo as the sun god
poetic a personification of the sun

Word Origin for Phoebus

C14: via Latin from Greek Phoibos bright; related to phaos light

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Word Origin and History for phoebus


epithet of Apollo as sun-god, late 14c., from Latin Phoebus, from Greek Phoibos, literally "bright, shining, radiant," of unknown origin. Related: Phoeban.

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