Definition of Silenus in US English:


proper noun

Greek Mythology
  • 1An aged woodland deity, one of the sileni, who was entrusted with the education of Dionysus. He is depicted either as dignified and musical, or as an old drunkard.

    1. 1.1as noun a silenus A woodland spirit, usually depicted as old and having ears like those of a horse.
      • ‘On the lid are dancing maenads, satyrs, and sileni.’
      • ‘A statue of Marsyas as a wise old silenus embodied this positive version of Marsyas in the Forum Romanum.’
      • ‘Satyrs and sileni are depicted in art and literature in the company of nymphs, whom they constantly pursue.’