noun \ˈmī-dəs\

Definition of MIDAS

:  a legendary Phrygian king who is given the power of turning everything he touches to gold

Origin of MIDAS

Latin, from Greek
First Known Use: 1548

Rhymes with MIDAS


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In Greek and Roman legend, a king of Phrygia. Midas captured the satyr Silenus but treated him kindly, and as a reward was granted a wish by Dionysus. He asked that everything he touched turn to gold; but after turning his daughter to gold when she embraced him, he asked to be released from his wish. In another legend Midas was invited to judge a music contest between Apollo and the satyr Marsyas. When Midas decided against Apollo, Apollo punished him by giving him donkey's ears. See also satyr and silenus.


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