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▪ Two cupids clutched the bows and kicked fat heels.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Cupid \Cu"pid\ (k?"p?d), n. [L.Cupido, fr. cupido desire, desire of love, fr. cupidus. See Cupidity.] (Rom. Myth.) The god of love, son of Venus; usually represented as a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow.

Pretty dimpled boys, like smiling cupids.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

Roman god of passionate love, late 14c., from Latin Cupido, personification of cupido "desire, love," from cupere "to desire" (see cupidity). Identified with Greek Eros. Cupid's bow as a shape, especially of lips, is from 1858.


n. 1 (label en Roman god) The god of love, son of Venus; sometimes depicted as a cherub (a naked, winged boy with bow and arrow). The Roman counterpart of Eros. 2 (label en poetic) Sudden love or desire; (non-gloss definition the personification of fall in love falling in love) 3 (label en astronomy) A moon of Uranus

Cupid (moon)

Cupid is an inner satellite of Uranus. It was discovered by Mark R. Showalter and Jack J. Lissauer in 2003 using the Hubble Space Telescope. It was named after a character in William Shakespeare's play Timon of Athens.

It is the smallest of inner Uranian satellites, crudely estimated to be only about 18 km in diameter. This and the dark surface made it too dim to be detected by the Voyager 2 cameras during its Uranus flyby in 1986.

The orbit of Cupid differs only by 863 km from the orbit of the larger moon Belinda. Unlike Mab and Perdita, Uranian satellites also discovered in 2003, it does not seem to be perturbed.

Following its discovery, Cupid was given the temporary designation S/2003 U 2. It is also designated Uranus XXVII.

It should not be confused with the asteroid 763 Cupido.

Cupid (Michelangelo)

The Cupid was a sculpture created by Renaissance artist Michelangelo in 1496, which he artificially aged to make it look like an antique from the advice of Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco. It was this sculpture which first brought him to the attention of patrons in Rome. The work is now lost.

Cupid (1998 TV series)

Cupid is an American comedy-drama series created by Rob Thomas, which featured Paula Marshall as Dr. Claire Allen, a Chicago psychologist who is given charge of a man named Trevor Hale ( Jeremy Piven). Hale believes he is Cupid, sent down from Mt. Olympus by Zeus to connect 100 couples without his powers, as a punishment for his arrogance.

Originally broadcast on ABC on Saturday evenings at 10 p.m. EST, the show lasted one season.

Cupid (disambiguation)

Cupid is the god of love in Roman mythology.

Cupid(s) may also refer to:

  • Cupid (moon), orbiting Uranus
  • Cupid (Michelangelo), one of two sculptures
  • Cupid (1998 TV series), starring Paula Marshall and Jeremy Piven
  • Cupid, a 2003 dating reality show produced by Simon Cowell and FremantleMedia
  • Cupid (2009 TV series), a remake of the 1998 TV series, starring Sarah Paulson and Bobby Cannavale
  • Cupid, a 2012 TV film starring Joely Fisher
  • Cupid Plc, a British company that owns and operates dating websites
  • Cupid (comics), a fictional comic book character
  • Cupids, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, a town
  • Cupid, one of Santa Claus's reindeer
  • Jonah Kūhiō Kalanianaʻole, a Hawaiian politician and aristocrat nicknamed "Prince Cupid"
Cupid (singer)

Bryson Bernard, (born October 10, 1982) better known by his stage name Cupid is a R&B singer born and raised in Lafayette, Louisiana. He has released four albums, and is best known for the single " Cupid Shuffle".

Cupid (Cupid album)

Cupid is the self-titled debut album by Cupid. It was released independently under ASAR Entertainment.

Cupid (2009 TV series)

Cupid is a television series that aired on ABC from March 31 to June 16, 2009 and was broadcast Tuesdays at 10:02 PM Eastern/9:02 PM Central. The series is a revival of sorts of the network's 1998 series of the same name, changing its primary setting from Chicago to New York City. Cupid was canceled on May 19, 2009.

Cupid (comics)

Cupid is a fictional comic book character. She is a villainess and enemy of Green Arrow, with whom she is romantically obsessed, and Black Canary.

Cupid (112 song)

"Cupid" is the third and final single released from 112's debut album of the same name. The song peaked at number 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 2 on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart, their third top 40 hit on both charts. It was certified Platinum by the RIAA for selling 1,000,000 copies.

Cupid (Lloyd song)

"Cupid" is the second single of Lloyd's fourth studio album King of Hearts. It was released March 22, 2011 & it features Polow da Don under the name Awesome Jones!!!. The track was produced by Polow da Don, Greg Curtis and written by Bei Maejor, Polow A. Jones, Jason Perry, Curtis. The horns were played by Siraaj Amnesia James. The single was only released in the United States, where it only reached #2 on the Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart.

Cupid (Sam Cooke song)

"Cupid" is a song by American recording artist Sam Cooke, released on May 16, 1961. It charted at number 17 on the Billboard Hot 100 and number 20 on the Hot R&B Sides chart; the track performed best in the United Kingdom, peaking at number seven on the UK Singles Chart. Cooke's producers had asked him to write a song for a girl they had seen on a Perry Como TV show — but once they heard her sing, they kept "Cupid" for Cooke himself. It was Cooke's idea to drop in the sound of an arrow being fired "straight to my lover's heart." Personnel on the recording included Cooke's session regulars Clifton White and Rene Hall on guitar, Clifford Hills on bass, Earl Palmer on drums and Joseph Gibbons on guitar and banjo.

"Cupid" was ranked #452 in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the " 500 Greatest Songs of All Time". AllMusic critic Bill Janovitz described the track as a "perfect pop song" which combines "Latin, R&B, jazz, and mainstream pop elements".


In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning "desire") is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars, and is known in Latin also as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros.

Although Eros is in Classical Greek art as a slender winged youth, during the Hellenistic period, he was increasingly portrayed as a chubby boy. During this time, his iconography acquired the bow and arrow that represent his source of power: a person, or even a deity, who is shot by Cupid's arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire. In myths, Cupid is a minor character who serves mostly to set the plot in motion. He is a main character only in the tale of Cupid and Psyche, when wounded by his own weapons he experiences the ordeal of love. Although other extended stories are not told about him, his tradition is rich in poetic themes and visual scenarios, such as "Love conquers all" and the retaliatory punishment or torture of Cupid.

In art, Cupid often appears in multiples as the Amores, or amorini in the later terminology of art history, the equivalent of the Greek erotes. Cupids are a frequent motif of both Roman art and later Western art of the classical tradition. In the 15th century, the iconography of Cupid starts to become indistinguishable from the putto.

Cupid continued to be a popular figure in the Middle Ages, when under Christian influence he often had a dual nature as Heavenly and Earthly love. In the Renaissance, a renewed interest in classical philosophy endowed him with complex allegorical meanings. In contemporary popular culture, Cupid is shown drawing his bow to inspire romantic love, often as an icon of Valentine's Day.

Cupid (Daniel Powter song)

"Cupid" (also known in Japan as ) is a song by Canadian recording artist Daniel Powter from his fourth studio album Turn on the Lights (2012). It was released as a digital download on 10 April 2012 as the lead single from the album. The song charted at number 38 on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart.

Cupid (band)

Cupid ( Hangul: 큐피트) is a Four Member K-pop Girl group under In Entertainment.

This Group Debuted in April 2015 with 1st Single Album ''I Feel Good''

Usage examples of "cupid".

His eyes rested idly on a little old coloured print of a Bacchante, with flowing green scarf, shaking a tambourine at a naked Cupid, who with a baby bow and arrow in his hands, was gazing up at her.

Discovering among the courtiers a friend named Philobone, a chamberwoman to the Queen, Philogenet is led by her into a circular temple, where, in a tabernacle, sits Venus, with Cupid by her side.

I hurry past third-rate Theseus and his plaster legions, through the lofty lobby where chandeliers hang from ceilings infested with gilt cupids, around the praying gateman outside up the sidewalk to the belly-high cement wall that runs along the steep bank of the Nile.

She suddenly had an image of an antique jardiniere with flowers and cupids painted in reserves on its sides and embellished with gold against a distinctively pink background.

AEneas, the influence of Juno upon the mind of Dido, makes Cupid assume the forme of his child Julus or Ascanius, and raise in the bosom of the Queen the most ungovernable passion for AEneas.

Jenny pointed out two moldies whom she said were her close friends: Frangipane, who looked like an orchid blossom, and Ormolu, who looked like a kitschy ornamental cupid.

That is the shopgirl smile, and I enjoin you to shun it unless you are well fortified with callosity of the heart, caramels and a congeniality for the capers of Cupid.

For a moment or so it meant absolutely nothing to him and then he remembered, it was a number that Tapper Sugg had urged him to call and make an appointment to see some gilt cupids and oak panelling.

Meanwhile, a chorus of boys clad like Cupids ran about, scattering rose petals and flowers and spraying perfumes.

But the royall bird of great Jupiter, the Eagle remembring his old service which he had done, when as by the pricke of Cupid he brought up the boy Ganimedes, to the heavens, to be made butler of Jupiter, and minding to shew the like service in the person of the wife of Cupid, came from the high-house of the Skies, and said unto Psyches, O simple woman without all experience, doest thou thinke to get or dip up any drop of this dreadfull water?

Cupid couched fairly, at whose sight the very lampe encreased his light for joy, and the razor turned his edge.

Cupid with the message, and another hour to track Morales down and arrest him, and then you can make your announcement.

Then Psyches travelled about in the countrey to seeke her husband Cupid, hut he was gotten into his mothers chamber and there bewailed the sorrowful wound which he caught by the oyle of a burning lamp.

Incontinently after Jupiter commanded Mercury to bring up Psyches, the spouse of Cupid, into the Pallace of heaven.

And then he tooke a pot of immortality, and said, Hold Psyches, and drinke, to the end thou maist be immortall, and that Cupid may be thine everlasting husband.