Capella

noun

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

Word History

Etymology

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

Dictionary Entries Near Capella

Cite this Entry

“Capella.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Capella. Accessed 2 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

Capella

noun
Ca·​pel·​la kə-ˈpel-ə How to pronounce Capella (audio)
: a very bright star in Auriga
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!


The Great British Vocabulary Quiz

  • union jack speech bubble
  • Named after Sir Robert Peel, what are British police called?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Solve today's spelling word game by finding as many words as you can with using just 7 letters. Longer words score more points.

Can you make 12 words with 7 letters?

PLAY