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.
- Class. 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 of nymphMiddle English nimphe from Old French from Classical Latin nympha from Classical Greek nymph?, young wife, spring goddess, hence (poetically) water: see nubile
- 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 sexually mature and attractive young woman.
- a. The immature form of an insect, such as a grasshopper, that does not pass through a pupal stage during metamorphosis. Nymphs resemble adults but are smaller and lack fully developed wings.b. The eight-legged immature form of certain arachnids, such as ticks and mites.
Origin of nymphMiddle English nimphe from Old French from Latin nympha from Greek numphē
(plural nymphs or nymphÃ¦)
NounSee also: nymphae
- plural form of nymph