Her·​cu·​les ˈhər-kyə-ˌlēz How to pronounce Hercules (audio)
: a mythical Greek hero renowned for his great strength and especially for performing 12 labors imposed on him by Hera
[Latin (genitive Herculis)] : a northern constellation between Corona Borealis and Lyra

Examples of Hercules in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The designer rose to this challenge with a bold, beefcake-forward presentation (centered on 16th-century etchings of the Farnese Hercules) and a disarmingly soft color palette of buttery yellow, sea green and sumptuous magenta. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 6 July 2024 The genre’s most notable monster is the Hydra, defeated by Hercules (also known as Heracles) of Greek myth and Disney fame. Sonja Anderson, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 July 2024 In September 2022, the SEC filed a civil complaint charging McDonald and Hercules Investments with violating federal securities law. Kerry Breen, CBS News, 18 June 2024 Over the past four years, dead gray whales have been found inside San Francisco Bay off Angel Island, and near Richmond, Rodeo, Hercules, San Leandro, Mountain View, the Port of Oakland, Tiburon, the Berkeley Marina and Martinez. Paul Rogers, The Mercury News, 24 June 2024 Authorities located and arrested him this month at a residence in Port Orchard, Wash. McDonald, former CEO of Hercules Investments LLC and Index Strategy Advisors, appeared in court June 17 and waived his right to a detention hearing in the Western District of Washington. Caroline Petrow-Cohen, Los Angeles Times, 21 June 2024 Turning off the ignition will require the strength of Hercules. Lizz Schumer, Peoplemag, 20 June 2024 In the scene, a Lockheed C130 Hercules military plane sent by the Americans is waiting on the tarmac for The Captain and the busload of passengers. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 20 June 2024 The two brightest stars in the Northern Hemisphere (Arcturus and Vega) create a straight line from one to the other, which will lead stargazers to the Hercules constellation and Corona Borealis, where the burst of light will be most visible. Chris Eberhart, Fox News, 19 June 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Hercules was in the 13th century

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“Hercules.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hercules. Accessed 19 Jul. 2024.

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