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Selene

[si-lee-nee]
noun
  1. the Greek goddess of the moon.Compare Thyone.
  2. Also Se·le·na. a female given name.
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Origin of Selene

From the Greek word Selḗnē the moon
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Historical Examples of selene

  • On this point he solemnly assured himself as he knocked at Selene's door.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • With a gesture of despair he turned to leave the room but Selene detained him.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • Belle showed signs of fatigue, so Selene made her comfortable on the divan.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • Belle sat down and laughed again, and this time Selene joined in.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker

  • Wherever Selene peeped she saw faces, and they all wore an expression of grief.

    Melomaniacs

    James Huneker


British Dictionary definitions for selene

Selene

noun
  1. the Greek goddess of the moonRoman counterpart: Luna
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Word Origin and History for selene

Selene

moon goddess, equivalent of Latin Luna, from Greek selene "the moon; name of the moon goddess," related to selas "light, brightness, bright flame, flash of an eye," from PIE root *swel- (2) "to shine, beam" (cf. Sanskrit svargah "heaven," Lithuanian svilti "to singe," Old English swelan "to be burnt up," Middle Low German swelan "to smolder"); related to swelter, sultry. Related: Selenian "of or pertaining to the moon as a world," 1660s.

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