Gan·​y·​mede ˈga-ni-ˌmēd How to pronounce Ganymede (audio)
: a beautiful youth in classical mythology carried off to Olympus to be the cupbearer of the gods

Word History


Latin Ganymēdēs, borrowed from Greek Ganymḗdēs

First Known Use

1565, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Ganymede was in 1565

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“Ganymede.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

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