Ca·​pel·​la kə-ˈpe-lə How to pronounce Capella (audio)
: a star of the first magnitude in Auriga

Word History


Latin, literally, she-goat, from caper he-goat — more at capriole

First Known Use

1674, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Capella was in 1674

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Cite this Entry

“Capella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


Ca·​pel·​la kə-ˈpel-ə How to pronounce Capella (audio)
: a very bright star in Auriga

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