Venus

noun

Ve·​nus ˈvē-nəs How to pronounce Venus (audio)
1
: the Roman goddess of love and beauty compare aphrodite
2
: the planet second in order from the sun see Planets Table

Examples of Venus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Meanwhile, at a red carpet event, Venus Williams wore a pink Prada dress that had our heads turning. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 15 Apr. 2024 The space rock has an elliptical orbit that takes it past the orbit of the planet Mars and in between the orbits of Venus and Mercury. USA TODAY, 15 Apr. 2024 How does Soda feel about Venus and Tevin now that the dust has settled? Dalton Ross, EW.com, 11 Apr. 2024 From Elden Ring’s DLC to Venus’s mythological allure and its longstanding status as a scientific enigma, my contribution to this week’s episode dances between realms of curious tangents, genderfluid anatomy, and fantasy. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, 10 Apr. 2024 The planet Venus was clearly visible to the lower right of the eclipse and Jupiter hung higher and to its left. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 9 Apr. 2024 The temples might have been actual temples used for religious ceremonies, and researchers have excavated carvings that resemble the Venus of Willendorf. Emilie Le Beau Lucchesi, Discover Magazine, 9 Apr. 2024 While totality is the main event, a few dots of light may also be visible in the sky near the eclipse, belonging to Jupiter, Venus, Mars and the faint light from Saturn. Ashley Strickland, CNN, 8 Apr. 2024 Rather than exploring Venus, the vehicle was ordered to self-destruct shortly after liftoff. Allison Morrow, CNN, 14 Feb. 2024

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Word History

Etymology

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"

Note: 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 win entry 1.

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Venus was before the 12th century

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“Venus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Venus. Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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Venus

noun
Ve·​nus ˈvē-nəs How to pronounce Venus (audio)
: the planet second in order from the sun see planet

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