AskDefine | Define Cynthia

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Cynthia n : (Greek mythology) the virgin goddess of the hunt and the moon; daughter of Leto and twin sister of Apollo; identified with Roman Diana [syn: Artemis]

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Etymology

From an epithet of the moon goddess Artemis, "from the Mount Kynthos( on Delos island)"

Proper noun

  1. A given name

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Extensive Definition

Cynthia is a personal name of Greek origin meaning "from Mount Cynthus." It can be abbreviated as Cindy. Cynthia was originally an epithet of the Greek goddess of the moon, Artemis, who was sometimes called "Cynthia" because, according to legend, the goddess was born on Mount Cynthus.
  • Samia cynthia is a species of moth sometimes used to produce silk fabric
Some names from common life include:
Cynthia in French: Cynthia
Cynthia in Italian: Cinzia
Cynthia in Japanese: シンシア
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