Definition of Adonis in English:

Adonis

proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • 1A beautiful youth loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. He was killed by a boar, but Zeus decreed that he should spend the winter of each year in the underworld with Persephone and the summer months with Aphrodite.

    1. 1.1An extremely handsome young man.
      • ‘The lad was an Adonis, and with rakish good looks and a devilmay-care smile, he seemed to hold the world by a string.’
      • ‘Seeing himself as an Adonis and a gift to women and lacking any respect for the gender was his undoing.’
      • ‘I look round, expecting to see some six foot Adonis with a winning smile and an easy charm.’
      • ‘An Adonis, his physique was imposing and he carried himself with the bearing of a champion.’
      • ‘He looked like an Adonis with the late morning sun showering him in a ray of light.’

Pronunciation:

Adonis

/əˈdänəs/