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constellation  (ˌkɒnstɪˈleɪʃən



    1. any of the 88 groups of stars as seen from the earth and the solar system, many of which were named by the ancient Greeks after animals, objects, or mythological persons
    2. an area on the celestial sphere containing such a group
  1. a gathering of brilliant or famous people or things
  2. (psychoanalysis) a group of ideas felt to be related

Derived Forms

ˌconstelˈlational  adjective
constellatory  (kənˈstɛlətərɪ ; -trɪ)   adjective

Word Origin

C14: from Late Latin constellātiō, from Latin com- together + stella star

Translations for 'constellation'

  • British English: constellation A constellation is a group of stars which form a pattern and have a name. NOUNThere is an abundance of photographs and maps to help you identify constellations.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: constelação
  • Chinese: 星座
  • European Spanish: constelación
  • French: constellation
  • German: Sternbild
  • Italian: costellazione
  • Japanese: 星座
  • Korean: 별자리
  • Portuguese: constelação
  • Spanish: constelación

Example Sentences Including 'constellation'

When the great Swan constellation rose above Urkel's dark ridgeline, Danlo knew that the sun could not be far behind.
Zindell, David The Broken God
`They were the sons of Leda and were transformed by Zeus into the constellation Gemini so that they would never be separated.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
The Orion constellation is always a good bet at this time of year.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)


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