sun goddess

noun

often capitalized S&G
: a goddess that represents or personifies the sun in various religions

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web In particular, the sun goddess Amaterasu is revered as the ancestor of Japan’s emperors and empresses and protector of the nation. Kaitlyn Ugoretz, The Conversation, 18 July 2022 Tawada has often mocked its austerity, especially its telling of how deities conceived the sun goddess—and, through her, the imperial family. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 21 Feb. 2022 Her magnetic energy did full justice to the inspiration for her character, the Japanese sun goddess Amaterasu. New York Times, 1 Dec. 2021 Bryant pulled a card featuring Yhi, an Australian aboriginal sun goddess, during her interview about season two of the ABC series. Keyaira Kelly, Essence, 25 Nov. 2020 Legend, myth, history and war run deep — the sun goddess was said to have taken refuge in a cave for a time in Miyazaki, along the island’s east coast, until a bawdy dance lured her out. Washington Post, 31 Jan. 2020 Some experts believe the emperor uses it to sleep with the sun goddess to gain divinity. Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2019 Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan’s emperors. Washington Post, 22 Oct. 2019 Enshrined at Kashikodokoro is the sun goddess Amaterasu, the mythological ancestress of Japan's emperors. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2019 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of sun goddess was in 1839

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“Sun goddess.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sun%20goddess. Accessed 3 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

sun goddess

noun
often capitalized S&G
: a goddess that represents the sun in various religions

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