Meaning of Hesperus in English:


Pronunciation /ˈhɛspərəs/


  • The planet Venus.

    ‘An old Greek poet whispered in her mind: Hesperus, evening star, golden lamp of the daughter of the foam!’
    • ‘Against this claim, it may be urged that one can perfectly well imagine a possible world in which astronomers discover that Hesperus and Phosphorus are two distinct planets.’
    • ‘This is a tautology since Hesperus and Phosphorus are both the planet Venus - the two expressions thus have the same extension.’
    • ‘It was a discovery about the heavens that Hesperus is Phosphorus; it was a new piece of knowledge that the Ancients gained.’


Latin, from Greek hesperos ‘western’, (as a noun) ‘the evening star’.