Ri·​gel ˈrī-jəl How to pronounce Rigel (audio)
: a first-magnitude star in the left foot of the constellation Orion

Examples of Rigel in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web At the hunter’s foot is the brightest star in the constellation: a blue supergiant named Rigel. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 1 Jan. 2024 Start at Sirius, low on the horizon, and travel south to Rigel underneath Orion’s Belt. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 Impulse Space is also developing a more powerful thruster, Rigel, for a Mars lander and a larger orbiter vehicle. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, 13 Nov. 2023 And Rigel, a star in the same constellation, shines a sharp blue. Phil Plait, Discover Magazine, 21 Sep. 2023 Damages awarded to Murugan will be assessed at a later stage, the judge said. CNN reached out to Rigel Marine Services for comment. Heather Chen, CNN, 27 Aug. 2023 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 Rijl, literally, foot

First Known Use

1592, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Rigel was in 1592

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“Rigel.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Rigel. Accessed 22 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


Ri·​gel ˈrī-jəl How to pronounce Rigel (audio)
: a bright star in the left foot of the Orion star group

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