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[hath-awr, -er] /ˈhæθ ɔr, -ər/
noun, Egyptian Religion
the goddess of love and joy, often represented with the head, horns, or ears of a cow. Unabridged
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  • The “abode of Horus” refers to his mother, a goddess who is therefore named Hathor, or Athor.

    Cleopatra's Needle James King
  • Hathor is a woman with a cow's horns on her head, Seb has a duck on his head, and so on.

    History of Religion Allan Menzies
  • Women were great musicians, playing on many instruments, especially the sistrum, sacred to the goddess Hathor.

    It Happened in Egypt C. N. Williamson
  • Hathor was regarded in tradition as the cause of the inundation.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Thus Re saved a remnant of mankind from the bloodthirsty, terrible Hathor.

    The Evolution of the Dragon G. Elliot Smith
  • Here he waited, not knowing how he should break in upon the Hathor.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • Hathor was widely worshiped, but was not otherwise especially noteworthy.

  • To the court of the Temple of Hathor, that is before the shrine.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
  • On her head is placed the horned disc,--in honor of Hathor,--the sacred vulture, and the horns of Isis.

    Oriental Women Edward Bagby Pollard
  • "This is that Goddess who dwells in the Temple of Hathor," he said.

    The World's Desire H. Rider Haggard and Andrew Lang
British Dictionary definitions for Hathor


(in ancient Egyptian religion) the mother of Horus and goddess of creation
Derived Forms
Hathoric (hæˈθɔːrɪk; -ˈθɒr-) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Hathor

goddess of love and joy in ancient Egypt, from Greek Hathor, from Egyptian Het-Hert, literally "the house above," or possibly Het-Heru "house of Horus."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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