Daphnis

noun
Daph·​nis | \ ˈdaf-nəs How to pronounce Daphnis (audio) \

Definition of Daphnis

: a Sicilian shepherd renowned in Greek mythology as the inventor of pastoral poetry

First Known Use of Daphnis

1563, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for Daphnis

Latin, from Greek

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Daphnis

Time Traveler for Daphnis

Time Traveler

The first known use of Daphnis was in 1563

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Daphnis

Cite this Entry

“Daphnis.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Daphnis. Accessed 4 Aug. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on Daphnis

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with Daphnis

Comments on Daphnis

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!