- The definition of a nymph is a mythical spirit or goddess, or a beautiful young woman.
A mythical female spirit who lives in the mountains is an example of a nymph.
nymph definition by Webster's New World
- Gr. & Rom. Myth. any of a group of minor nature goddesses, represented as young and beautiful and living in rivers, mountains, or trees
- a lovely young woman
- a young woman; maiden: literary or playful usage
- Entomology the young of an insect with incomplete metamorphosis, differing from the adult primarily in size and structural proportions
Origin: Middle English nimphe ; from Old French ; from Classical Latin nympha ; from Classical Greek nymphē, young wife, spring goddess, hence (poetically) water: see nubile
nymph definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Greek & Roman Mythology Any of numerous minor deities represented as beautiful maidens inhabiting and sometimes personifying features of nature such as trees, waters, and mountains.
- A girl, especially a beautiful one.
- The larval form of certain insects, such as silverfish and grasshoppers, usually resembling the adult form but smaller and lacking fully developed wings. Also called nympha.
Origin: Middle English nimphe, from Old French, from Latin nympha, from Greek numphē.
- nymphˈal adjective
nymph - Science Definition