1. Roman Mythology The god of love; the son of Venus.
2. cupid A representation of Cupid as a naked cherubic boy usually having wings and holding a bow and arrow, used as a symbol of love.
[Middle English Cupide, from Old French, from Latin cupīdō, desire, Cupid, from cupere, to desire.]
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