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[fee-buh s] /ˈfi bəs/
Classical Mythology. Apollo as the sun god.
Literary. the sun personified.
Origin of Phoebus
< Latin < Greek Phoîbos literally, bright, akin to pháos light; replacing Middle English Phebus < Medieval Latin; Latin, as above
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[fi-bee-uh n, fee-bee-] /fɪˈbi ən, ˈfi bi-/ (Show IPA),
adjective Unabridged
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  • Phoebus returned and seated himself beside her, but much closer than before.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Phoebus laughed, and took the gypsy's part with a mixture of impertinence and pity.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Hence Phoebus believed poor "Similar" to be dead, and that a month or two had elapsed since her death.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • At this name, the shadow's grasp shook the arm of Phoebus in a fury.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • Captain Phoebus's heart, like the physics of that day, abhorred a vacuum.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • All at once, Phoebus, with a rapid gesture, removed the gypsy's gorgerette.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • "We shall never perhaps see her like again," said Mr. Phoebus.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • Phoebean dart, a ray of the sun, Phoebus being the god of the sun.

  • No sooner did the first rays of cheerful Phoebus dart into the windows of Communipaw than the little settlement was all in motion.

  • Come, let us make haste, or the sunshine will be gone, and Phoebus along with it.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
British Dictionary definitions for Phoebus


(Greek myth) Also called Phoebus Apollo. Apollo as the sun god
(poetic) a personification of the sun
Word Origin
C14: via Latin from Greek Phoibos bright; related to phaos light
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Word Origin and History for Phoebus

epithet of Apollo as sun-god, late 14c., from Latin Phoebus, from Greek Phoibos, literally "bright, shining, radiant," of unknown origin. Related: Phoeban.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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