as·​tral ˈa-strəl How to pronounce astral (audio)
: of, relating to, or coming from the stars
astral influences
unusual astral occurrences
: of or relating to a mitotic or meiotic aster
: of or consisting of a supersensible substance held in theosophy to be next above the tangible world in refinement
: elevated in station or position : exalted
astrally adverb

Examples of astral in a Sentence

gave the astronomy students the assignment of charting astral movement for the next month after his film became an unexpected blockbuster, the director was suddenly welcome in the most astral circles of Hollywood society
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Word History


borrowed from Late Latin astrālis, from Latin astrum "star, celestial body" (borrowed from Greek ástron) + -ālis -al entry 1 — more at star entry 1

First Known Use

1605, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of astral was in 1605

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Cite this Entry

“Astral.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition


as·​tral ˈas-trəl How to pronounce astral (audio)
: of or relating to the stars

Medical Definition


as·​tral ˈas-trəl How to pronounce astral (audio)
: of or relating to a mitotic or meiotic aster

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