sun god

noun, often capitalized S&G

Definition of sun god

: a god that represents or personifies the sun in various religions

Examples of sun god in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

With Apollo’s priestess as the main attraction, Delphi’s renown grew as Greece’s wealthy city states, and powerful conquerors, built sumptuous treasuries filled with rich offerings to encourage the sun god to favor them in war and politics. Liz Alderman, New York Times, "Voyage to the Center of the World," 9 July 2019 The most common is the belief that Khandoba is a descendant of the sun god Surya and is often depicted with four arms holding bowls of turmeric that symbolize sunlight. Washington Post, "AP PHOTOS: Hindu festival showers Indian town with turmeric," 5 June 2019 Inscribed in stone on a monument showing Hammurabi being blessed by the sun god Shamash, the code governed domestic disputes as well as crimes committed outside the home. National Geographic, "Who was Hammurabi?," 22 Apr. 2019 In Greek mythology, Artemis is the goddess of the moon and twin sister of the sun god Apollo. Los Angeles Times, "Neil Armstrong was the first man to walk on the moon. Who will be the first woman?," 18 July 2019 On June 24, in time with the Southern Hemisphere’s winter solstice, the Inca Empire celebrated Inti Raymi, a festival that honored the Inca religion’s powerful sun god Inti and marked the Inca new year. National Geographic, "What is the summer solstice? The answer might surprise you.," 20 June 2019 Something similar happened after the reign of Akhenaten (about 1336 B.C.), who had instituted worship of Aten, the sun god; both later suffered iconoclastic indignities. Edward Rothstein, WSJ, "‘Striking Power: Iconoclasm in Ancient Egypt’ Review: Editing the Image," 17 June 2019 The Inca believed gold fell from the sky as either the tears or the sweat of the sun god Inti. Quanta Magazine, "A New Blast May Have Forged Cosmic Gold," 23 Mar. 2017 For example, in Ancient Greece, deities were depicted in paintings with golden halos and locks—an association with the sun gods that sparked a movement in which people dyed their hair yellow as a means to feel closer to celestial beings. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How Color in Fashion Has Been Used Throughout History To Display Political Solidarity," 14 May 2019

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'sun god.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of sun god

circa 1592, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about sun god

Dictionary Entries near sun god



sung mass

sun god

sun goddess



Statistics for sun god

Last Updated

13 Aug 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for sun god

The first known use of sun god was circa 1592

See more words from the same year

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for sun god

sun god


English Language Learners Definition of sun god

: a god that represents the sun in various religions

More from Merriam-Webster on sun god

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with sun god Encyclopedia article about sun god

Comments on sun god

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


to make a temporary encampment

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Musical Words Quiz

  • gramophone
  • Which word describes a musical performance marked by the absence of instrumental accompaniment?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Syn City

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!