Definition of Adonis in US English:


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