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This page has 4 definitions of nymph in English. Nymph is a noun. Also define these 22 related words and terms: female, nature, spirit, water, forest, grotto, wind, young, girl, attractive, beautiful, graceful, lolita, nymphet, nymphette, entomology, larva, insect, instar, naiad, butterfly, and family.


Nymph of a mantis.

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From Middle English nimphe, from French nimphe, from Latin nympha (nymph, bride), from Ancient Greek νύμφη (númphē, bride). Doublet of nympha.



nymph (plural nymphs or nymphæ)

Hylas and the Nymphs by John William Waterhouse, 1896
  1. (Greek, Roman) Any female nature spirit associated with water, forests, grotto, wind, etc.
    • Spirit definition
      The soul of a person or other creature. What moves through experience into self-definition as souls purpose. (1 of 15 spirit definitions)
    • Grotto definition
      A small cave. (1 of 5 grotto definitions)
  2. A young girl, especially one who is attractive, beautiful or graceful.
    Synonyms: lolita, nymphet, nymphette
    • Nymphette definition
      Alternative form of nymphet
  3. (entomology) The larva of certain insects.
    Synonyms: instar, naiad
  4. (entomology) Any of various butterflies of the family Nymphalidae.
    • Butterfly definition
      (1 of 7 butterfly definitions)

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