An adonis is a very handsome man, especially a young one. You might secretly think of your good-looking neighbor as “a young adonis.”

You’ll most commonly see this word capitalized: Adonis, though if you’re using it to mean “handsome guy,” it’s okay to use a lower-case a. Its origin is the god Adonis, in Greek mythology the eternally youthful god of beauty and desire. When you call someone an adonis, there’s an implication that he’s a bit vain about his good looks: “He knows he’s the adonis of the family.”

Definitions of adonis
  1. noun

    any handsome young man

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    type of:

    adult male, man

    an adult person who is male (as opposed to a woman)

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