Ce·​pheus ˈsē-ˌfyüs How to pronounce Cepheus (audio)
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: a constellation between Cygnus and the north pole

Examples of Cepheus in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web To this night, Cassiopeia and Cepheus are unwilling prisoners of the night sky but very willing prisoners of love. Mike Lynch, Twin Cities, 11 Feb. 2024 The nebula is located about 1,200 light-years from Earth and is visible in the Cepheus constellation. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 15 Nov. 2023

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Word History


Latin (genitive Cephei), from Greek Kēpheus

First Known Use

1563, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Cepheus was in 1563

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“Cepheus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Cepheus. Accessed 23 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a group of stars between Cygnus and the north pole

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