Cupid


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
Related to Cupid: Cupid and Psyche

Cu·pid

 (kyo͞o′pĭd)
n.
1. Roman Mythology The god of love; the son of Venus.
2. cupid A representation of Cupid as a naked cherubic boy usually having wings and holding a bow and arrow, used as a symbol of love.

[Middle English Cupide, from Old French, from Latin cupīdō, desire, Cupid, from cupere, to desire.]

Cupid

(ˈkjuːpɪd)
n
1. (Classical Myth & Legend) the Roman god of love, represented as a winged boy with a bow and arrow. Greek counterpart: Eros
2. (Art Terms) (not capital) any similar figure, esp as represented in Baroque art
[C14: from Latin Cupīdō, from cupīdō desire, from cupidus desirous; see cupidity]

Cu•pid

(ˈkyu pɪd)

n.
1. the Roman god of carnal love, the son of Venus, commonly represented as a winged, naked infant boy with a bow and arrows.
2. (l.c.) a representation of Cupid, esp. as symbolic of love.
[< Latin Cupīdō Cupid, the personification of cupīdō desire, love =cup(ere) to long for, desire + -īdō n. suffix (compare libido)]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Cupid - (Roman mythology) god of loveCupid - (Roman mythology) god of love; counterpart of Greek Eros
Roman mythology - the mythology of the ancient Romans
2.cupid - a symbol for love in the form of a cherubic naked boy with wings and a bow and arrow
allegory, emblem - a visible symbol representing an abstract idea

Cupid

noun god of love, love, Eros Cupid's arrow may strike you at any time.
Translations

Cupid

[ˈkjuːpɪd] NCupido m

Cupid

[ˈkjuːpɪd] n
(Roman god)Cupidon m
to play Cupid (= matchmake) → jouer les entremetteurs Cupid's arrow, Cupid's bow

cupid

[ˈkjuːpɪd] n (= figurine) → amour m

cupid

nAmorette f; CupidAmor m; Cupid’s dart (liter)Amors Pfeil m (liter), → Liebespfeil m

Cupid

[ˈkjuːpɪd] n (Myth) → Cupido
Cupid's bow (lip shape) → labbro arcuato

cupid

[ˈkjuːpɪd] n (cherub) → cupido, amoretto
References in classic literature ?
The dim light fell tenderly on the two quiet seated figures; on the little white bed, with the knots of rose-colored ribbon which looped up its curtains, and the bright dress for dinner laid ready across it; on the gayly painted bath, with its pure lining of white enamel; on the toilet-table with its sparkling trinkets, its crystal bottles, its silver bell with Cupid for a handle, its litter of little luxuries that adorn the shrine of a woman's bed-chamber.
For, what would staid British responsibility and respectability have said to orange-trees in boxes in a Bank courtyard, and even to a Cupid over the counter?
As we got more and more into debt breakfast became a hollower and hollower form, and, being on one occasion at breakfast-time threatened (by letter) with legal proceedings, "not unwholly unconnected," as my local paper might put it, "with jewellery," I went so far as to seize the Avenger by his blue collar and shake him off his feet - so that he was actually in the air, like a booted Cupid - for presuming to suppose that we wanted a roll.
Among pennons and flags bearing wounded hearts, burning hearts, bleeding hearts, bows and quivers, and all the commonplace emblems of the triumphs of Cupid, a blazoned inscription informed the spectators, that this seat of honour was designed for La Royne de la Beault
From his earliest childhood he heard nothing but stories of princes who had fallen into all sorts of troubles through love; and she drew such terrible pictures of poor little Cupid that the young man had no difficulty in believing that he was the root of all evil.
Even at the present time, each check of the American Telephone and Telegraph Company carries on it a picture of a pretty Cupid, sitting on a chair upon which he has placed a thick book, and gayly prattling into a telephone.
At the feet of Death was the god called Cupid, without his bandage, but with his bow, quiver, and arrows; there was also a knight in full armour, except that he had no morion or helmet, but only a hat decked with plumes of divers colours; and along with these there were others with a variety of costumes and faces.
A mantle-piece, with two modern Sevres vases, a timepiece representing Cupid with his bent bow, a mirror with an engraving on each side -- one representing Homer carrying his guide, the other, Belisarius begging -- a grayish paper; red and black tapestry -- such was the appearance of Lord Wilmore's drawing-room.
At last, however, it seemed clear that Cupid had found a sharper arrow than usual, and that Mr.
And off I started, cursorily glancing sideways as I passed the toilet-table, surmounted by a looking-glass: a thin irregular face I saw, with sunk, dark eyes under a large, square forehead, complexion destitute of bloom or attraction; something young, but not youthful, no object to win a lady's love, no butt for the shafts of Cupid.
And the Nelumbo bud that floats for ever With Indian Cupid down the holy river - Fair flowers, and fairy
and Dr Cupid said that when jealousy flew out of the window indifference came in at the door, and that I must exhibit pleasure in the society of other gentlemen and mark your demeanour.