Etymology
Advertisement

Adonis (n.)

"beautiful young man," 1620s, probably via French Adonis (15c.), from Greek Adōnis, name of the youth beloved by Aphrodite, from Phoenician adon "lord," probably originally "ruler," from base a-d-n "to judge, rule." Adonai is the Hebrew cognate.

updated on November 03, 2018

Advertisement
Advertisement
Definitions of Adonis from WordNet
1
adonis (n.)
any handsome young man;
2
Adonis (n.)
annual or perennial herbs;
Synonyms: genus Adonis
Adonis (n.)
(Greek mythology) a handsome youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone;
From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.