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

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • 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
  • "Pray excuse me," replied Phoebus, with an elegant obeisance.

    Tanglewood Tales Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • Captain Phoebus's heart, like the physics of that day, abhorred a vacuum.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • The first occurrence of Phoebus was rendered with an oe ligature in the original.

  • "We shall never perhaps see her like again," said Mr. Phoebus.

    Lothair Benjamin Disraeli
  • We might as well have staid at home; not a Phoebus had they, or anything like one.

    The Lost Dahlia Mary Russell Mitford
  • No sooner did the first rays of cheerful Phoebus dart into the windows of Communipaw than the little settlement was all in motion.

  • Phoebus laughed, and took the gypsy's part with a mixture of impertinence and pity.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
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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