Ve·​la ˈvē-lə How to pronounce Vela (audio)
: a southern constellation that is represented by the figure of a ship's sail

Examples of Vela in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first is the closest Wolf-Rayet star to our solar system, Gamma 2 Velorum, which is located around 1,000 light-years away in the southern constellation Vela. Robert Lea, Popular Mechanics, 13 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1844, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Vela was in 1844

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“Vela.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Dec. 2023.

Medical Definition


plural of velum

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