Den·​eb ˈde-ˌneb How to pronounce Deneb (audio)
: a star of the first magnitude in Cygnus

Examples of Deneb in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Start at a bright star (say, Vega or Deneb in the summer or Sirius or Rigel in winter), then look around for fainter stars nearby. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 28 July 2023

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Word History


Arabic dhanab al-dajāja, literally, the tail of the hen

First Known Use

circa 1867, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Deneb was circa 1867

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“Deneb.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


Den·​eb ˈden-ˌeb How to pronounce Deneb (audio)
: the brightest star in the group of stars of Cygnus

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