- the foster father and tutor of Dionysus and leader of the satyrs, traditionally pictured as a fat, drunken, jovial old man with pointed ears
- pl. sileni any of a group of woodland deities resembling the satyrs
L < Gr Seilēnos
See Silenus in American Heritage Dictionary 4
noun pl. si·le·ni (-nī) Greek Mythology
Any of the minor woodland deities and companions of Dionysus, depicted on Greek vases as men with the tails, ears, and hooves of horses.
Origin: Latin sīlēnus
Origin: , from Greek sīlēnos
Origin: , from Sīlēnos, Silenus
noun Greek Mythology
A satyr, usually depicted as drunken and jolly, in the entourage of Dionysus.
Origin: Latin Sīlēnus
Origin: , from Greek Sīlēnos