One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
proper nounRoman Mythology
1The god of love. He is represented as a naked winged boy with a bow and arrows, with which he wounds his victims.Greek equivalent Eros
- 1.1as noun also cupid A representation of a naked winged child, typically carrying a bow.‘little cupids floated in roseate clouds’
- ‘I like you together and I think of my self as cupid since I did put you two together.’
- ‘A guest at a ball, in conversation, repeats the pointing gesture of the cupid in the painting behind her.’
- ‘He led her to a painting of a naked cupid and Venus.’
- ‘Behind the couples, a cupid brings new arrivals, while under the trees at right, other couples sing to the accompaniment of a recorder or oboe.’
- ‘It's a bit rich that you're the one to play cupid when your own love life seems to be non-existent.’
- 1.1as noun also cupid A representation of a naked winged child, typically carrying a bow.
Try to initiate a romantic relationship between two people.‘are you sure you want to play Cupid with these two?’
- ‘Are you sure you want to be playing Cupid with those two?’
- ‘They would never admit to anyone that they had played Cupid, but they were satisfied knowing that the two were good together.’
- ‘They try to play cupid to bring their friends together, and in the process, they fall in love.’
- ‘Another of her tasks is to play Cupid during the mating season.’
- ‘He knew when Mary found out she might be furious but like he said it was time someone played cupid.’
From Latin Cupido, personification of cupido ‘love, desire’, from cupere ‘to desire’.
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