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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The Navy wants the new E-XX TACAMO to be based on the C-130J Super Hercules instead. Popular Mechanics, 7 Apr. 2023 Some of the studio's other upcoming live-action remakes include this year's Peter Pan & Wendy and The Little Mermaid and next year's Snow White, and Hercules, The Aristocats, and Bambi are among the other movies being translated into live-action. Brendan Morrow, The Week, 3 Apr. 2023 Other works of art depict various figures and stories from Greek mythology, including a scene featuring Poseidon and another featuring a young Hercules crushing two snakes. Ella Feldman, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Jan. 2023 North Coast Section Richmond at Salesian, 1 p.m. Hercules at San Lorenzo, 1:30 p.m. San Francisco Chronicle, 1 Sep. 2021 In addition to the 96 people aboard the plane, a C-130 Hercules, there were also five military vehicles, officials said. New York Times, 4 July 2021 As the pilot of a C-130 Hercules cargo plane, Lt. Col. John Reinan, Star Tribune, 12 June 2021 The search included two cutters, one 45-foot response boat, four helicopters, a C-130 Hercules aircraft, and other assets, including one US Customs and Border Protection aircraft. Alta Spells And Alaa Elassar, CNN, 30 May 2021 The largest object on display is a whale-size C-130 Hercules cargo plane on loan from the Arkansas Air National Guard. Jack Schnedler, Arkansas Online, 25 May 2021 See More

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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 28 May. 2023.

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