astronomical

adjective

as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal ˌa-strə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio)
variants or less commonly astronomic
1
: of or relating to astronomy
astronomical observations
2
: enormously or inconceivably large or great
astronomical numbers
an astronomical price
astronomically adverb

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Example Sentences

The cost of the office building was astronomical. We got an astronomical telephone bill this month.
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Word History

Etymology

see astronomy

First Known Use

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of astronomical was in 1551

Dictionary Entries Near astronomical

Cite this Entry

“Astronomical.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/astronomical. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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Kids Definition

astronomical

adjective
as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal ˌa-strə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio)
variants or astronomic
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1
: of or relating to astronomy
2
: extremely or unbelievably large

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