astronomical

adjective
as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌas-trə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly astronomic \ -​mik How to pronounce astronomic (audio) \

Definition of astronomical

1 : of or relating to astronomy astronomical observations
2 : enormously or inconceivably large or great astronomical numbers an astronomical price

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Other Words from astronomical

astronomically \ -​mi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce astronomically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of astronomical in a Sentence

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

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This particular look marks a turning point for the rapper—not because of its astronomical price tag, but due to the no-fuss, high-quality garb. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Drake’s Million Dollar Outfit Is His Latest Fashion Milestone," 4 Apr. 2019 The game has garnered critical praise from the gaming press alongside those astronomical sales figures, though our review, while favorable on the whole, noted that its narrative and open-world design can sometimes feel at odds with each other. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Dealmaster: A PS4 and Red Dead Redemption 2 for $199 may be the best deal of Cyber Monday [Updated]," 26 Nov. 2018 And the international group in charge of handing out astronomical names? Seth Borenstein, The Seattle Times, "Picture was clear, but black hole’s name a little fuzzy," 15 Apr. 2019 There was an astronomical amount of female star power at Paris’s Hotel Regina on Saturday evening, where everyone from Uma Thurman to Naomi Campbell to Kate Bosworth walked the runway for Miu Miu’s Cruise 2019 show. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Miu Miu’s Cruise 2019 Show Featured Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, and More," 1 July 2018 Manchester City defender Eliaquim Mangala is set to leave the club in the summer for nothing, but the Frenchman has cost the club an astronomical amount of money since joining the club for an initial £43.5m in 2014. SI.com, "Man City Defender Set to Leave This Summer at Insane Cost of £1m Per League Game," 16 Apr. 2018 Loeb had three decades of Ivy League professorship and hundreds of astronomical publications on his résumé, mostly to do with the nature of black holes and early galaxies and other subjects far from any tabloid shelf. Avi Selk, The Seattle Times, "Harvard’s top astronomer says an alien ship may be among us – and he doesn’t care what his colleagues think," 4 Feb. 2019 And satellite internet service promises to grow at an equally astronomical rate. William Harwood, CBS News, "SpaceX rocket launches powerful communications satellite," 4 June 2018 Tech stocks are often coming to market amid talk of astronomical valuations, based on previous private funding rounds. Andrew Peaple, WSJ, "An Ugly Victory for Hong Kong in the IPO Derby," 31 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of astronomical

1551, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for astronomical

see astronomy

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astronomical

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of astronomical

: of or relating to astronomy
: extremely large

astronomical

adjective
as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-strə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio) \
variants: or astronomic \ -​ik \

Kids Definition of astronomical

1 : of or relating to astronomy astronomical research
2 : extremely or unbelievably large The cost was astronomical.

Other Words from astronomical

astronomically adverb an astronomically large amount

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