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From an Ancient Greek epithet of the moon goddess Artemis, from the Mount Κύνθος (Cynthus), on Delos island, the center of her worship.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. (poetic) The moon, personified.
    • 1590, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, III.1:
      As when faire Cynthia, in darkesome night, / Is in a noyous cloud enveloped [...].
    • 1601 Ben Jonson, Hymn to Diana:
      Cynthia's shining orb was made [...].
  2. A female given name.
    • Heaven to clear when day did close.
    • 1866 Elizabeth Gaskell, Wives and Daughters, Chapter 10:
      "Cynthia seems to me such an out-of-the-way name, only fit for poetry, not for daily use."
    • 1978 Graham Greene, The Human Factor, ISBN 0671240854, page 59:
      Cynthia, the domestic-minded, looked as dashing as a young commando. It was a pity that her spelling was so bad, but perhaps there was something Elizabethan about her spelling as well as about her name.