Hestia


Hes·tia

noun \ˈhes-tē-ə; ˈhes-chə, ˈhesh-\

Definition of HESTIA

:  the Greek goddess of the hearth and chief goddess of domestic activity — compare vesta

Origin of HESTIA

Greek
First Known Use: 1853

Hestia

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Greek goddess of the hearth and 1 of the 12 chief deities of Mount Olympus. She was the daughter of Rhea and Cronus. When Apollo and Poseidon became suitors for her hand, she swore to remain a maiden forever, whereupon Zeus gave her the honour of presiding over all sacrifices. Though mainly a goddess of the family hearth and domestic life, she was sometimes also worshiped at the civic hearth in public buildings.

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: Hesvan
Previous Word in the Dictionary: hesthogenous
All Words Near: Hestia

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up Hestia? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More