Definition of Hercules in English:


Syllabification: Her·cu·les
Pronunciation: /ˈhərkyəˌlēz
  • 1 Greek & Roman Mythology A hero of superhuman strength and courage who performed twelve immense tasks or “labors” imposed 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.
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    • 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 Herculis /ˈhərkyəlis/) Used with a preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in this constellation: the star Delta Herculis


Latin, from Greek Hēraklēs.

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