Al·​bir·​eo al-ˈbir-ē-(ˌ)ō How to pronounce Albireo (audio)
: a double star of the third magnitude that is the fifth brightest star in the constellation Cygnus
Albireo … is located in the constellation Cygnus and can be found by gazing at the swan's head.Becky Ramotowski, San Antonio Express-News, 21 June 2011

called also Beta Cygni

Word History


borrowed from New Latin, of obscure origin

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Albireo was in 1742

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“Albireo.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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