Definition of Hercules in US English:


proper noun

  • 1Roman Mythology Greek 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. 1.1as noun a Hercules A man of exceptional strength or size.
      • ‘He wasn't the biggest of guys, he was quite slight; he was never a Hercules.’
      • ‘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.’
      muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, iron man, 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. 2.1as genitive Herculis /ˈhərkyəlis/ Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Hercules constellation.
      ‘the star Delta Herculis’


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.