[fee-buh s]

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. 2018

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Historical Examples of phoebus

  • "Pray excuse me," replied Phoebus, with an elegant obeisance.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • Come, let us make haste, or the sunshine will be gone, and Phoebus along with it.

    Tanglewood Tales

    Nathaniel Hawthorne

  • And I thought that the word of Phoebus, being divine and full of prophecy, would not fail.

  • The first occurrence of Phoebus was rendered with an oe ligature in the original.

  • We might as well have staid at home; not a Phoebus had they, or anything like one.

    The Lost Dahlia

    Mary Russell Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for phoebus


  1. Also called: Phoebus Apollo Greek myth Apollo as the sun god
  2. 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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