sphinx

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noun \ˈsfiŋ(k)s\

Definition of sphinx

plural

sphinxes

or

sphinges

play \ˈsfin-ˌjēz\
  1. 1a capitalized :  a winged female monster in Greek mythology having a woman's head and a lion's body and noted for killing anyone unable to answer its riddleb :  an enigmatic or mysterious person <she is a sphinx whose features hold a blank fascination>

  2. 2 :  an ancient Egyptian image in the form of a recumbent lion having a man's head, a ram's head, or a hawk's head

sphinxlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of sphinx in a sentence

  1. a statue of the Sphinx

Origin and Etymology of sphinx

Latin, from Greek Sphinx, Sphix


First Known Use: 15th century


SPHINX Defined for English Language Learners

sphinx

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noun \ˈsfiŋ(k)s\

Definition of sphinx for English Language Learners

  • in ancient Greek and Egyptian stories : a creature with the body of a lion and the head of a person; also : something (such as a statue) in the shape of a sphinx


SPHINX Defined for Kids

sphinx

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noun \ˈsfiŋks\

Definition of sphinx for Students

  1. :  a mythical figure of ancient Egypt having the body of a lion and the head of a man, a ram, or a hawk


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