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n. Greek Mythology
The god of commerce, invention, cunning, and theft, who also served as messenger, scribe, and herald for the other gods.


(Classical Myth & Legend) Greek myth the messenger and herald of the gods; the divinity of commerce, cunning, theft, travellers, and rascals. He was represented as wearing winged sandals. Roman counterpart: Mercury


(Astronomy) a small asteroid some 800 m in diameter that passed within 670 000 kilometres of the earth in 1937, and is now lost


(ˈhɜr miz)

an ancient Greek god, the herald and messenger of the other gods, associated with commerce, invention, and cunning: identified by the Romans with Mercury.
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Zeus seeks to reconcile the pair, and Hermes by the gift of the lyre wins Apollo's friendship and purchases various prerogatives, a share in divination, the lordship of herds and animals, and the office of messenger from the gods to Hades.
After a long and fruitless search, he made a vow that, if he could only discover the thief who had stolen the Calf, he would offer a lamb in sacrifice to Hermes, Pan, and the Guardian Deities of the forest.
I am going to ask you to serve your country by leaving for Liverpool this afternoon and for Brazil to-morrow on the steamship Hermes.
tis my master in Hermes, Dom Claude Frollo, the archdeacon
Some heavenly days must have been intercalated somewhere, like those that Hermes won with dice of the Moon, that Osiris might be born.
As I am, so I see; use what language we will, we can never say anything but what we are; Hermes, Cadmus, Columbus, Newton, Bonaparte, are the mind's ministers.
The place he found beyond expression bright, Compar'd with aught on Earth, Medal or Stone; Not all parts like, but all alike informd Which radiant light, as glowing Iron with fire; If mettal, part seemd Gold, part Silver cleer; If stone, Carbuncle most or Chrysolite, Rubie or Topaz, to the Twelve that shon In AARONS Brest-plate, and a stone besides Imagind rather oft then elsewhere seen, That stone, or like to that which here below Philosophers in vain so long have sought, In vain, though by thir powerful Art they binde Volatil HERMES, and call up unbound In various shapes old PROTEUS from the Sea, Draind through a Limbec to his Native forme.
She opened her fan, a fine old painted fan of the last century, and looked at the picture, which represented a fete champetre--a lady with a guitar, singing, and a group of dancers round a garlanded Hermes.
The company has appointed Dr Waleed Al Nassan as the chief executive officer of EFG Hermes Jordan.
Last year Hermes announced its plans to have up to 1,800 offices in the country by the end of 2009.
Readers will understand that Hermes was more than a gofer for the God of Thunder.
Hermes was born in Fitchburg, on July 1, 1920 son of the late Nishan and Nellie (Pond) Hermes.