plural noun

Ple·​ia·​des ˈplē-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce Pleiades (audio)
chiefly British
ˈplī- How to pronounce Pleiades (audio)
: the seven daughters of Atlas turned into a group of stars in Greek mythology
: a conspicuous cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus that includes six stars in the form of a very small dipper

Examples of Pleiades in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Neither the Pleiades nor the Andromeda Galaxy fully fit in its view. PCMAG, 16 May 2024 Look for Jupiter and Uranus after sunset just below the Pleiades star cluster, and near the constellation Aries. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 19 Apr. 2024 Crowd favorites like the Orion Nebula (M42), located in the sword of the celestial hunter, and the Pleiades Star Cluster (M45), which gives the automaker Subaru its name and logo, will come soon after. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Mar. 2024 March 14: Moon Nears Pleiades Jupiter has some lunar competition come the night of March 14. Stephanie Vermillion, Travel + Leisure, 1 Mar. 2024 In 2023 alone, Republican lawmakers in 37 states introduced a staggering 165 pieces of anti-ESG legislation, according to a report from the strategic research and advisory firm Pleiades Strategy. Orianna Rosa Royle, Fortune, 28 Feb. 2024 Stick around for Pleiades and Hyades Want to impress your friends at the Super Bowl party even more? Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 6 Feb. 2024 The entire sky will be lit up with not only these planets and the moon, but also the Pleiades, Aldebaran and the Hyades star clusters, along with the Orion Nebula. Caralin Nunes, The Arizona Republic, 18 Jan. 2024 Friday, February 16: First Quarter Moon And Pleiades Today, our natural satellite in space reaches its First Quarter stage, when is appears to be half-lit as seen from the surface of Earth. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 11 Feb. 2024

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Word History


Latin, from Greek

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of Pleiades was in the 14th century

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“Pleiades.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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plural noun
Ple·​ia·​des ˈplē-ə-ˌdēz How to pronounce Pleiades (audio)
: a loose cluster of stars in Taurus that is easily seen by a person with average sight

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