cen·​taur | \ ˈsen-ˌtȯr How to pronounce centaur (audio) \

Definition of centaur

1 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
2 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 Its stars have faded, with a single exception whose centaur masculinity proves the rule. Darren Franich, EW.com, 15 Apr. 2022 On the 13th, healing centaur Chiron shares a minor aspect with the Sun, giving us the chance to mend and evolve our hearts. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 13 Feb. 2022 It's also represented by an archer, but this archer is a mythical centaur, a creature that is half-man, half-horse. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 Markece tattooed a centaur with a bow and arrow on his client's neck. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 2 Feb. 2022 This backwards shift occurs the same day that the centaur Chiron ends its five-and-a-half month moonwalk in Aries, and as a result, the forty days and nights of Venus retrograde will centre around healing relationships with money and others. Lisa Stardust, refinery29.com, 4 Dec. 2021 But all of this is trivial when held in comparison to Pythia giving runway innovation, giving Fantasia, giving War Horse puppetry, giving Adam Driver cologne ad even, with a centaur reveal. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 3 Dec. 2021 The scene cuts back and forth between Driver and the horse until the two become one as a centaur — imagery that left social media users swooning for the actor. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 7 Aug. 2021 Berry is Shlub, Tyrannis’ father, a mantitaur (half centaur [horse + human], half manticore [lion + human + scorpion]). Joe Otterson, Variety, 8 Sep. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of centaur

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

History and Etymology for centaur

Middle English, from Latin Centaurus, from Greek Kentauros

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“Centaur.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/centaur. Accessed 27 Jun. 2022.

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cen·​taur | \ ˈsen-ˌtȯr How to pronounce centaur (audio) \

Kids Definition of centaur

: a creature in Greek mythology that is part man and part horse

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