The Greek goddess Aphrodite.
An example of a goddess is Athena.
- a female god
- a woman greatly admired, as for her beauty
- [alsoG-] a feminine deity proposed by some as having been worshiped from ancient times and as variously present as a goddess in many of the world's myths and religions: often with the
Origin of goddessMiddle English godesse
- A female being of supernatural powers or attributes, believed in and worshiped by a people.
- often Goddess A female being believed to be the source of life and being and worshiped as the principal deity in various religions. Used with the.
- An image of a female supernatural being; an idol.
- Something, such as fame or wealth, that is worshiped or idealized.
- A woman of great beauty or grace.
god + -ess, formed about 1350. The figurative meaning is first found in Spenser's Shepheardes calender (1579).
From Middle English, from Old English. See God for further etymology.