astronomical

adjective
as·​tro·​nom·​i·​cal | \ ˌa-strə-ˈnä-mi-kəl How to pronounce astronomical (audio) \
variants: or less commonly astronomic \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnä-​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 \ ˌa-​strə-​ˈnä-​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.
Recent Examples on the Web The Delta Aquarid meteor shower is an astronomical event whose radiant — the place where meteors appear to originate — lies in the constellation Aquarius. Currie Engel, Time, "The Peak of the Delta Aquarid Meteor Shower Is Coming. Here's How to Watch It," 26 July 2019 Roche-a-Cri has ancient pictographs from the ancestors of the local Ho-Chunk, who carved arrows, birds, figures, canoes and more into the rock, and used it to track astronomical events and local life. Jennifer Billock, Smithsonian, "Eight Spots in the United States Where You Can See Petroglyphs," 18 July 2019 Every July 2, the start of Major League Baseball’s signing period for international prospects, a few select players receive astronomical sums. Rita Indiana, BostonGlobe.com, "The David Ortiz shooting and the corruption of the Dominican dream," 12 July 2019 The chief-executive will no doubt ask for an astronomical sum, the likes of which Real would be well-advised to ignore having spent north of £300m already this summer. SI.com, "Summer Signings: Predicting Where 30 of the Most Talked About Players Will End Up for 2019/20," 22 June 2019 That could be an astronomical sum in a state with close to 40 million residents, though such a massive fine is unlikely. NBC News, "California judge rules that coffee requires cancer warning," 30 Mar. 2018 That could be an astronomical sum in a state with close to 40 million residents, though such a massive fine is unlikely. CBS News, "Starbucks, others must carry cancer warning in California, judge rules," 30 Mar. 2018 Over the course of 15 hours yesterday, at an auction conducted by Richard Wright, wealthy fans of the Four Seasons restaurant mourned its closing by dropping astronomical sums on the furniture and objects that made up its iconic interior. Sam Dangremond, Town & Country, "The Four Seasons Auction Made $4.1 Million," 27 July 2016 The turnover rate, not surprisingly, is astronomical. Andy Newman, New York Times, "On the Job, 24 Hours a Day, 27 Days a Month," 2 Sep. 2019

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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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27 Oct 2019

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The first known use of astronomical was in 1551

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astronomical

adjective
How to pronounce astronomical (audio)

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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