noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

: a group of stars that forms a particular shape in the sky and has been given a name

: a group of people or things that are similar in some way

Full Definition of CONSTELLATION

:  the configuration of stars especially at one's birth
:  any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of these configurations
:  an assemblage, collection, or group of usually related persons, qualities, or things <a constellation of … relatives, friends, and hangers-on — Brendan Gill> <a constellation of symptoms>
:  pattern, arrangement <taking advantage of the shifting constellation of power throughout the known world — H. D. Lasswell>
con·stel·la·to·ry \kən-ˈste-lə-ˌtr-ē\ adjective


  1. The constellation Ursa Major contains the stars of the Big Dipper.
  2. A large constellation of relatives and friends attended the funeral.
  3. The patient presented a constellation of symptoms.


Middle English constellacioun, from Anglo-French constellation, from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio, from Latin com- + stella star — more at star
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith


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vindication, violation, visitation, weather station


noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of CONSTELLATION for Kids

:  any of 88 named groups of stars forming patterns
Medical Dictionary


noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Medical Definition of CONSTELLATION

:  a set of ideas, conditions, symptoms, or traits that fall into or appear to fall into a pattern: as a :  a group of stimulus conditions or factors affecting personality and behavior development <the way in which family constellation and handling of punishment influenced this particular boy—S. B. Sarason> b :  a group of behavioral or personality traits


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