cen·​taur ˈsen-ˌtȯr How to pronounce centaur (audio)
or less commonly Centaur : any of a race of creatures fabled to be half human and half horse and to live in the mountains of Thessaly
Centaur astronomy : any of a class of asteroids with elliptical orbits that typically lie between the orbits of Jupiter and Neptune
The Centaurs are distinguished dynamically as a group of objects whose orbits cross those of the Jovian planets and whose perihelions lie outside the orbit of Jupiter.Robert H. Brown et al.

Examples of centaur in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Per his Instagram profile, the stand-up comic is currently bringing laughs on his Still Detroit comedy tour. 04 of 10 Pierce Brosnan Pierce Brosnan made his name in Hollywood long before playing Percy’s teacher Mr. Brunner, who is quickly revealed to be an undercover centaur. Zoey Lyttle, Peoplemag, 19 Dec. 2023 The same day, the centaur Chiron turns direct in Aries, ending its moonwalk that began on July 23. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 21 Dec. 2023 Pelion is the mythical home of Chiron, the wisest of the centaurs, who lived in a cave in the mountains and educated Achilles, the great hero of the Trojan War, in the healing arts. Charlotte Higgins, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2023 This centaur managed to gallop along until last week, when OpenAI’s four-person board of directors, which has been widely seen as sensitive to the risks of A.I., fired its C.E.O., Sam Altman, who came to OpenAI after running the startup accelerator Y Combinator. Joshua Rothman, The New Yorker, 21 Nov. 2023 Such half-human, half-A.I. teams, known as centaurs, might still be able to beat the best humans and the best A.I. engines working alone. James Somers, The New Yorker, 13 Nov. 2023 Pelion is layered in classical myth: its namesake mountain was the land of the centaurs; and the city of Vólos, which stands at the peninsula’s head, was ancient Iolcos, from where Jason launched the Argo and his quest to claim the Golden Fleece. Charlotte Higgins, Travel + Leisure, 9 Oct. 2023 In another hall, art students sketched a sculpture of a centaur from the Parthenon Marbles. Alex Marshall, New York Times, 1 Sep. 2023 Sagittarius is generally depicted as the Archer, a centaur holding a bow. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 4 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin Centaurus, from Greek Kentauros

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of centaur was before the 12th century

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“Centaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaur. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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cen·​taur ˈsen-ˌtȯ(ə)r How to pronounce centaur (audio)
: a creature in Greek mythology that is half human and half horse

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