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- (Roman mythology) Roman goddess of the dawn; equivalent of the Greek Eos. Sister of Luna and Sol.
- A female given name, in quiet but regular use since the 19th century.
- (poetic) the dawn
- 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene: I:iv:16:
- As faire Aurora in her purple pall,
- Out of the East the dawning day doth call
- 1904 George Bernard Shaw, How He Lied to Her Husband:
- How will they know! Why, my name is all over them: my silly, unhappy name. Oh, if I had only been christened Mary Jane, or Gladys, Muriel, or Beatrice, or Francesca, or Guinevere, or something quite common. But Aurora! Aurora! I'm the only Aurora in London; and everybody knows it. I believe I'm the only Aurora in the world. And it's so horribly easy to rhyme to it!
Declension of Aurora (type omena)
- A female given name.
From Proto-Indo-European *h₂ewsṓs (“dawn”), which was also personified as a goddess of dawn in Proto-Indo-European religion. Cognates include Ancient Greek Ἠώς (Ēōs)/ἠώς (ēōs), Sanskrit उषस् (uṣás, “dawn; Ushas”) and possibly Old English Ēostre.