Hesperides

plural noun
Hes·​per·​i·​des | \ he-ˈsper-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce Hesperides (audio) \

Definition of Hesperides

1 : a legendary garden at the western extremity of the world producing golden apples
2 : the nymphs in classical mythology who guard with the aid of a dragon a garden in which golden apples grow

First Known Use of Hesperides

1546, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Hesperides

Latin, from Greek

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about Hesperides

Time Traveler for Hesperides

Time Traveler

The first known use of Hesperides was in 1546

See more words from the same year

Statistics for Hesperides

Cite this Entry

“Hesperides.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Hesperides. Accessed 25 Nov. 2020.

Comments on Hesperides

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

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

A Thanksgiving Word Quiz

  • a traditional thanksgiving dinner
  • November comes from a word for which of the following numbers?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Citation

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!