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constellation (ˌkɒnstɪˈleɪʃən Pronunciation for constellation

Definitions

noun

    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 Pronunciation for constellatory ; -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'

A constellation with three nebulae would surely call for further comment.
Walters, Derek Chinese Astrology
Porter's fellow historians formed a remarkable constellation.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
Procyon is the brightest star in the constellation Canis Minor, which is to the left of the constellation Orion in the winter sky.
CBC (2004)
Subway and bus routes, Kelvingrove Park, Kelvin Hall Sports Centre and the constellation of west end shops.
Glasgow Herald (2001)
The Orion constellation is always a good bet at this time of year.
Isabel Wolff RESCUING ROSE (2002)
There was the same constellation in the last years of the decaying Really-Existing Socialism.
Spiked
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)

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