Venus

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noun Ve·nus \ˈvē-nəs\

Definition of Venus

  1. 1 :  the Roman goddess of love and beauty — compare aphrodite

  2. 2 :  the planet second in order from the sun — see planet table

Origin and Etymology of venus

Latin Vener-, Venus, deified abstraction from an originally neuter common noun venus “sexual desire, qualities exciting desire, charm”; akin to Sanskrit vanate “(s/he) likes, takes pleasure in,” -vana- “loving,” vāñchati “(s/he) desires, wishes,” Old English wȳscan “to wish,” wunian “to remain, dwell,” Old Norse una “to be satisfied” Latin venus, as probably also Vedic Sanskrit vanas-, a hapax legomenon of uncertain meaning, is an s-stem derivative from a verbal base going back to Indo-European *wenH- “wish, desire,” most likely distinct from *wen- “struggle, gain”; see 1win.


First Known Use: before 12th century


VENUS Defined for English Language Learners

Venus

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noun Ve·nus \ˈvē-nəs\

Definition of Venus for English Language Learners

  • : the planet that is second in order from the sun



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