Also found in: Thesaurus, Wikipedia.


The central Shinto deity, a sun goddess believed to be the ancestor of the Japanese royal family.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Amaterasu - central deity of Shinto; goddess personifying the sun and ancestress of the rulers of Japan
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
References in periodicals archive ?
In the AMATERASU trial, scientists randomly assigned 417 patients with mostly colorectal, stomach, or esophageal cancer to take vitamin D (2,000 III a day) or a placebo.
Given American Theatre's May/June issue focus on Japan, it seemed valuable to share a few noteworthy recent Global Connections projects involving Japanese theatre and culture: Ako Dachs, founding artistic director of Amaterasu Za, translated and adapted three of Monzaemon Chikamatsu's double-suicide plays, Courier of Hell, Double-Suicide at Sonezaki, and Love Suicides at Amijima into one play, Courier of Love.
The shrine is where the goddess Amaterasu, said to be the direct ancestress of the imperial family, is enshrined.
Akihito reported his abdication in sanctuaries inside the Imperial Palace, including one honouring the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami, from whom mythology says the imperial line is descended, and two others for departed emperors and Shinto gods.
According to Japanese mythology, a mirror and a jewel were used to lure the sun goddess Amaterasu Omikami from the cave where she had withdrawn, plunging the world into darkness.
Japan's first emperor is said to be Emperor Jimmu who is believed to the descendant of the Sun Goddess Amaterasu.
MANILA, Philippines Kyushu, Japan's southwesternmost island, is known as the birthplace of the Shinto Sun goddess Amaterasu, from whom Japanese emperors were said to be directly descended from, and home to arguably the country's friendliest and warmest people.
Certain names are more familiar, such as Greek mythology's Aphrodite, Mexico's Virgen de Guadalupe, and Japan's Amaterasu.
Bhavin 'HellRanger' Kotwani, Anuj 'Amaterasu' Sharma, Karan 'Excali' Mhaswadkar, Ishpreet 'Huntr' Singh, Debanjan 'Deathmaker' Das
The actual Ise-Jingu spreads around a region the size of Paris, but at its centre is the Grand Shrine, dedicated to the sun goddess Amaterasu, and it's believed she's actually enshrined there.
You are the Sun God, Amaterasu, but both your divine memory and powers are in disarray following 100 years of well-deserved sleep after the last time the world needed saving.