Share this entry
Hercules Syllabification: Her·cu·les
Pronunciation: /ˈhərkyəˌlēz/

Definition of Hercules in English:

1 Greek & Roman Mythology A hero of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or “laborsimposed on him and who after death was ranked among the gods. Greek name Heracles.
1.1 (as noun a Hercules) A man of exceptional strength or size.
Example sentences
  • 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.
2 Astronomy 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.
2.1 (as genitive Herculisˈhərkyəlis) Used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation: the star Delta Herculis


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.

Words that rhyme with Hercules

isosceles • Praxiteles
Definition of Hercules in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources