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the ancient Greek and Roman god of light, healing, music, poetry, prophecy, and manly beauty; the son of Leto and brother of Artemis.
a very handsome young man.
Aerospace. one of a series of U.S. spacecraft designed to carry astronauts to the moon and back.
Contemporary Examples

Douglas Wolk is the author of Reading Comics: How Graphic Novels Work and What They Mean and Live at the Apollo.
How to Watch Watchmen Douglas Wolk January 15, 2009

In his portrait of a castrato, Andrea Sacchi let a well-hung Apollo make up for the singer’s loss.
The Best of 2013’s Daily Pic by Blake Gopnik Blake Gopnik December 25, 2013

The president impressively breaks into song during a fundraiser at the Apollo Theatre in New York.
Huntsman, Perry Quit; Newt Takes On ‘Elite’ Media; and More Viral Videos The Daily Beast Video January 20, 2012

Apollo astronauts on subsequent missions had similar feelings.
Man on the Moon The Daily Beast July 18, 2009

The screenplay is by Bill Broyles, the writer responsible for Jarhead, Cast Away, and Apollo 13.
Are We in the Midst of a Kevin Costner Comeback? Andrew Romano January 27, 2014

Historical Examples

Apollo’s next act was to open a new spring of water, as the local nymph was hostile and grudged him her own.
Myth, Ritual And Religion, Vol. 2 (of 2) Andrew Lang

Apollo, smiling, watched him and saw his thousand blessings.
Buried Cities, Part 2 Jennie Hall

In the long and startled stillness of the room the prophet of Apollo slowly rose; and really it was like the rising of the sun.
The Innocence of Father Brown G. K. Chesterton

The play is founded on the old classical story of Apollo and Daphne.
English Villages P. H. Ditchfield

Hercules exemplifies muscular strength, and Apollo still typifies that which is most beautiful in manliness.
Invention Bradley A. Fiske

noun (pl) -los
a strikingly handsome youth
noun (pl) -los
a handsome Eurasian mountain butterfly, Parnassius apollo, with palish wings and prominent red ocelli
(classical myth) the god of light, poetry, music, healing, and prophecy: son of Zeus and Leto
any of a series of manned US spacecraft designed to explore the moon and surrounding space. Apollo 11 made the first moon landing in July 1969

Olympian deity, god of music, poetry, medicine, etc., later identified with Helios, the sun god; the name is a Latin form of Greek Apollon, said to be perhaps related to an obsolete Greek verb meaning “to drive away” (evil, etc.) [Klein, citing Usener].

The Greek and Roman god of poetry, prophecy, medicine, and light. Apollo represents all aspects of civilization and order. He was worshiped at the Delphic oracle, where a priestess gave forth his predictions. Zeus was his father, and Artemis was his sister. He is sometimes identified with Hyperion, the Titan he succeeded.

Note: As a representative of controlled and ordered nature, Apollo is often contrasted with Dionysus, the god who represents wild, creative energies.

Note: The sun was sometimes described as Apollo’s chariot, riding across the sky.


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