from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Greek Mythology The son of Danaë and Zeus and husband of Andromeda who killed the Gorgon Medusa.
  • n. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Andromeda and Auriga.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The mythological Greek warrior who slew the Gorgon Medusa by decapitating her. He married Andromeda after rescuing her from Ceto and founded Mycenae. He was the son of Jupiter and Danae.
  • proper n. An autumn constellation of the northern sky, said to resemble the mythical hero. It includes the stars Algenib and Algol.
  • proper n. The last Antigonid king of Macedonia, Perseus of Macedon.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A Grecian legendary hero, son of Jupiter and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa.
  • n. A consellation of the northern hemisphere, near Taurus and Cassiopea. It contains a star cluster visible to the naked eye as a nebula.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In Greek myth, a hero, son of Zeus and Danaë, who slew the Gorgon Medusa, and afterward saved Andromeda from a sea–monster.
  • n. 2. An ancient northern constellation, the figure of which represents Perseus in a singular posture, holding the head of the Gorgon in one hand, and waving a sword with the other.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (Greek mythology) the son of Zeus who slew Medusa (with the help of Athena and Hermes) and rescued Andromeda from a sea monster
  • n. a conspicuous constellation in the northern hemisphere; between Auriga and Cassiopeia and crossed by the Milky Way


Latin, from Greek.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin from the Ancient Greek Περσέως (Perseos) and Περσεύς (Perseus). (Wiktionary)



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