Definition of hymen:
- A fabulous deity; according to some, the son of Apollo and Urania, according to others, of Bacchus and Venus. He was the god of marriage, and presided over nuptial solemnities.
- A fold of muscous membrane often found at the orifice of the vagina; the vaginal membrane.
- Marriage; union as if by marriage.
Of this privilege Schiller availed himself in the fullest measure, going quite beyond the bounds of sanity in his idealization of the Greeks, Well might the indignant Stolberg ask him if he really believed that the 'eternal bonds of the heart were gentler and holier when Hymen tied them'.- "The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller", Calvin Thomas.
After a splendid collation, graced by the presence of the bride and groom, the happy pair vanished; but we will not attempt to follow them, or intrude upon their privacy- turning away at the very threshold of the nuptial chamber, singing, in low tones, after the fashion of the ancients, Hymen!- "Captain Fracasse", Theophile Gautier.
- "The Mayor of Troy", Sir Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch.