noun gal·axy \ˈga-lək-sē\

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

plural gal·ax·ies

Full Definition of GALAXY

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
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

Other Astronomy Terms

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


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