Cu·​pid ˈkyü-pəd How to pronounce Cupid (audio)
: the Roman god of erotic love compare eros
not capitalized : a figure that represents Cupid as a naked usually winged boy often holding a bow and arrow

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According to Roman mythology, Cupid was the son of Mercury, the messenger god, and Venus, the goddess of love. In Roman times, the winged "messenger of love" was sometimes depicted in armor, but no one is sure if that was intended as a sarcastic comment on the similarities between warfare and romance, or a reminder that love conquers all. Cupid was generally seen as a good spirit who brought happiness to all, but his matchmaking could cause mischief. Venus wasn't above using her son's power to get revenge on her rivals, and she once plotted to have the beautiful mortal Psyche fall in love with a despicable man. But the plan backfired: Cupid fell in love with Psyche, and she eventually became his immortal wife.

Examples of Cupid in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Weinberg met one of the women on Model Mayhem, a professional site for models and photographers, and another on OK Cupid. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 21 May 2024 The Kansas City Chiefs tight end, 34, wore a long-sleeve shirt with an illustration of Cupid on the front while on a date with his girlfriend Taylor Swift in Lake Como, Italy on Wednesday night, May 15. Esme Mazzeo, Peoplemag, 17 May 2024 Findings have included some extremely rare items, from a rare Roman-era Cupid figurine to a variety of pottery, jewelry, and brooches. Lily Carey, Discover Magazine, 16 May 2024 Appearing as an often chubby baby but holding a deadly weapon, the bow and arrow, Cupid was the child of Venus, the goddess of love, and Mars, the god of war, representing the conflict of desire, Christensen wrote. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 10 May 2024 The dress was edged with arrows from Cupid’s bow, and covered with pink peony illustrations and dripping petals. Merle Ginsberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 May 2024 Does the Lucifer star have any plans with his wife for Cupid’s special day? Brendan Le, Peoplemag, 14 Feb. 2024 There are myriad, memorable ways to spend time together, from the adrenaline thrills of indoor skydiving and spectacular hikes to sunset cruises, caviar tastings and even a chance to emulate Cupid. Kate Bradshaw, The Mercury News, 12 Feb. 2024 The organization orchestrates a Cupid Crew initiative, powered by volunteers, which gathers Valentine's Day cards on a national scale. Maeghan Dolph, Fox News, 10 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Latin Cupido

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cupid was in the 14th century


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“Cupid.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a picture or statue of Cupid the Roman god of love often as a winged naked child with a bow and arrow

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