Definition of Adonis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//əˈdəʊnɪs//
; NAmE NAmE//əˈdoʊnɪs//
Attractiveness, Male attractiveness
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an extremely attractive young man From the name of the beautiful young man in ancient Greek myths, who was loved by both Aphrodite and Persephone. He was killed by a wild boar but Zeus ordered that he should spend the winter months in the underworld with Persephone and the summer months with Aphrodite. See related entries: Attractiveness, Male attractiveness
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: Adonis