Sag·​it·​tar·​i·​us | \ ˌsa-jə-ˈter-ē-əs How to pronounce Sagittarius (audio) \

Definition of Sagittarius

1 : a southern zodiacal constellation pictured as a centaur shooting an arrow and containing the point in the sky where the center of the Milky Way galaxy is located
2a : the ninth sign of the zodiac in astrology — see Signs of the Zodiac Table
b : one born under the sign of Sagittarius

Examples of Sagittarius in a Sentence

Are you a Sagittarius or a Capricorn?

First Known Use of Sagittarius

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for Sagittarius

Latin (genitive Sagittarii), literally, archer, from sagitta

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The first known use of Sagittarius was in the 14th century

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“Sagittarius.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of Sagittarius

: the ninth sign of the zodiac : the sign that comes between Scorpio and Capricorn and that has a centaur shooting a bow and arrow as its symbol
: a person born under the sign Sagittarius : a person born between November 22 and December 21


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Kids Definition of Sagittarius

1 : a constellation between Scorpio and Capricorn imagined as a centaur
2 : the ninth sign of the zodiac or a person born under this sign

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