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constellate

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verb con·stel·late \ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌlāt\

Definition of constellate

constellated

constellating

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to unite in a cluster

  3. 2 :  to set or adorn with or as if with constellations

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  cluster



Examples of constellate in a sentence

  1. <the museum has constellated many of the artist's most glorious paintings into one stunning exhibition>



Did You Know?

It's plain that constellate is related to constellation, and, indeed, things that "constellate" (or "are constellated") cluster together like stars in a constellation. Both words derive ultimately from the Latin word for "star," which is stella. Constellation (which came to us by way of Middle French from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio) entered the language first-it dates to at least the 14th century. Constellate didn't appear until a full 300 years later.

1643

First Known Use of constellate

1643


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