Mercury

See also: mercury

EnglishEdit

 
Mercury planetary symbol

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English Mercurie, from Latin Mercurius.

PronunciationEdit

  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈmɝkjəɹi/
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Proper nounEdit

Mercury

  1. (astronomy) The planet in the solar system with the closest orbit to the Sun, named after the god; represented by .
  2. (Roman mythology) The Roman god associated with speed, sometimes used as a messenger. He wore winged sandals. Mercury corresponded to the Greek god Hermes.

SynonymsEdit

  • (astronomy, astrology):

TranslationsEdit

See alsoEdit

Solar System in English · Solar System (layout · text)
Star Sun
Planets and
most likely
dwarf planets
Mercury Venus Earth Mars Ceres Jupiter Saturn Uranus Neptune Orcus Pluto Salacia Haumea Quaoar Makemake Gonggong Eris Sedna
Notable
moons
Moon Phobos
Deimos
Io
Europa
Ganymede
Callisto
Mimas
Enceladus
Tethys
Dione
Rhea
Titan
Iapetus

Miranda
Ariel
Umbriel
Titania
Oberon
Triton Vanth Charon
Styx
Nix
Kerberos
Hydra
Actaea Namaka
Hiʻiaka
Weywot (MK2) Xiangliu Dysnomia

NounEdit

Mercury (plural Mercuries)

  1. (obsolete) A carrier of tidings; a newsboy, a messenger. [16th–19th c.]
  2. Someone who carries messages between lovers; a go-between. [from 17th c.]
    • 1751, Tobias Smollett, The Adventures of Peregrine Pickle, vol. II, ch. 63:
      His Mercury having made his observations, reported, that there was no body in the coach but Mrs. Hornbeck and an elderly woman, who had all the air of a duenna, and that the servant was not the same footman who had attended them in France.
  3. (dated) A newspaper. [from 17th c.]

Further readingEdit

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for Mercury in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Middle EnglishEdit

Proper nounEdit

Mercury

  1. Alternative form of Mercurie