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galaxy

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noun gal·axy \ˈga-lək-sē\

Simple Definition of galaxy

  • astronomy : any one of the very large groups of stars that make up the universe

  • the Galaxy : the galaxy in which we live

  • : a large group of important or well-known people or things

Full Definition of galaxy

plural gal·ax·ies

  1. 1 a often capitalized :  milky way galaxy —used with the b :  any of the very large groups of stars and associated matter that are found throughout the universe

  2. 2 a :  an assemblage of brilliant or notable persons or things <a galaxy of artists> b :  world 11 <remained galaxies apart on the issue — Newsweek>

Examples of galaxy

  1. The event was attended by a galaxy of artists.

  2. <they're a galaxy apart when it comes to politics>



Origin of galaxy

Middle English galaxie, galaxias, from Late Latin galaxias, from Greek, from galakt-, gala milk; akin to Latin lac milk


First Known Use: 14th century




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