Definition of Venus in English:


proper noun

  • 1Roman Mythology
    A goddess, worshipped as the goddess of love in classical Rome though apparently a spirit of kitchen gardens in earlier times.

    Greek equivalent Aphrodite
    1. 1.1literary A beautiful woman.
      • ‘Carter considered his daughter to be a Venus figure, but a girl of ten is more likely to belong to Mercury.’
      • ‘Faithfull was found wrapped in a bearskin rug - a Venus in furs - which she promptly dropped to the floor.’
      • ‘Lacan would have approved of Titian's Venuses.’
      • ‘Each of the primitive-looking Venuses gazed at a raw stone elevated on a nearby pedestal of equal height.’
      • ‘With incredible rapidity Renoir began painting firm-breasted Venuses on hundreds of vases and plates.’
      • ‘The lover's perception, guided by stories and poetic myths, looks for a Venus in the real woman who is before him.’
      beautiful woman, belle, vision, charmer, enchantress, venus, goddess, beauty queen, english rose, picture, seductress
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  • 2Astronomy
    The second planet from the sun in the solar system, the brightest celestial object after the sun and moon and frequently appearing in the twilight sky as the evening or morning star.

  • 3US A burrowing marine bivalve mollusc with clearly defined growth lines on the shell.

    • ‘The quahog is a Venus clam, the most diverse mollusc family.’
    • ‘At night paddle crabs roam the sand, breaking into thick-shelled bivalves like the tuatua and the Venus shell.’
    • ‘It shows a dense arrangement of gill filaments, which in clams like the Venus clam here shown are grouped into similar, multiple folds.’
    • ‘Far fewer numbers of Venus shells, whether ancient or contemporary, show signs of predation.’
    • ‘An excellent eating clam, Venus clams are slightly larger and more economical than Manilas or Little Necks.’
    • ‘The saffron ladened spaghetti is topped with the outer ring of tomatoes and two Venus clams out of shell.’