Definition of Hercules in English:


proper noun

  • 1Greek Roman Mythology
    A hero of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or “labors” imposed on him and who after death was ranked among the gods.

    Greek name Heracles
    1. 1.1A man of exceptional strength or size.
      • ‘He is so impressed, he persuades him to make a trip to Berlin, where he can guarantee lucrative employment as a Hercules on the cabaret circuit.’
      • ‘He wasn't the biggest of guys, he was quite slight; he was never a Hercules.’
      muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, iron man, hercules, atlas, samson, tarzan
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  • 2Astronomy
    A large northern constellation, said to represent the kneeling figure of Hercules. It contains the brightest globular cluster in the northern hemisphere, but no bright stars.

    1. 2.1Used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Hercules constellation.
      ‘the star Delta Herculis’


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.