noun \ˈsfiŋ(k)s\

in ancient Greek and Egyptian stories : a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a person; also : something (such as a statue) in the shape of a sphinx

plural sphinx·es or sphin·ges \ˈsfin-ˌjēz\

Full Definition of SPHINX

a capitalized :  a winged female monster in Greek mythology having a woman's head and a lion's body and noted for killing anyone unable to answer its riddle
b :  an enigmatic or mysterious person <she is a sphinx whose features hold a blank fascination>
:  an ancient Egyptian image in the form of a recumbent lion having a man's head, a ram's head, or a hawk's head
sphinx·like \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of SPHINX

  1. a statue of the Sphinx

Origin of SPHINX

Latin, from Greek Sphinx, Sphix
First Known Use: 15th century
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noun \ˈsfiŋks\

Definition of SPHINX for Kids

:  a mythical figure of ancient Egypt having the body of a lion and the head of a man, a ram, or a hawk


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