Definition of Hercules in English:


Line breaks: Her|cu¦les
Pronunciation: /ˈhəːkjʊliːz
1 Greek & 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 (as noun a Hercules) A man of exceptional strength or size.
More 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.


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.

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