Definition of Hercules in English:


proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology Roman Mythology
    A hero of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or ‘labours’ imposed on him and who after death was ranked among the gods.

    1. 1.1as noun a HerculesA man of exceptional strength or size.
      ‘He wasn't the biggest of guys, he was quite slight; he was never a Hercules.’
      ‘He is so impressed, he persuades him to make a trip to Berlin, where he can guarantee lucrative employment as a Hercules on the cabaret circuit.’
      muscleman, strongman, macho, macho man, iron man, Hercules, Atlas, Samson, Tarzan
  • 2Astronomy
    A large northern constellation, said to represent the kneeling figure of Hercules. It contains the brightest globular cluster in the northern hemisphere, but no bright stars.

    1. 2.1as genitive Herculis /ˈhəːkjʊlɪs/Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Hercules constellation.
      ‘the star Delta Herculis’


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.