con·​junct | \ kən-ˈjəŋ(k)t How to pronounce conjunct (audio) , kän- \

Definition of conjunct

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : united, joined
2 : joint
3 : relating to melodic progression by intervals of no more than a major second — compare disjunct


con·​junct | \ ˈkän-ˌjəŋ(k)t How to pronounce conjunct (audio) \

Definition of conjunct (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something joined or associated with another specifically : one of the components of a conjunction
2 : an adverb or adverbial (such as so, in addition, however, secondly) that indicates the speaker's or writer's assessment of the connection between linguistic units (such as clauses)

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Conjunct and Music

With its prefix con-, meaning "with, together", conjunct means basically "joined together". A rather intellectual word, it has special meanings in music (referring to a smooth melodic line that doesn't skip up or down) and astronomy (referring to two stars or planets that appear next to each other), but its more general "bound together" meaning is rarer. A conjunction is a word (particularly and, or, *or *but) that joins together words or groups of words, and an adverb that joins two clauses or sentences (such as so, however, meanwhile, therefore, or also) is called a conjunctive adverb—or simply a conjunct.

Examples of conjunct in a Sentence

Adjective the supreme commander of the conjunct operations of the allied armies
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective This Moon is conjunct with rebellious Uranus in retrograde, creating electric energy. Venus Australis,, 25 Oct. 2020 Finally, the Sun is conjunct with Mercury retrograde in sentimental Cancer, which may imbue the day with a sense of nostalgia. Venus Australis,, 28 June 2020 Speaking of advantageous conjunctions, Markle's Pluto is conjunct Prince Harry's Venus., 14 May 2018 Tripp notes that Prince Harry's sun and Markle's Venus are conjunct, or located in the same sign., 14 May 2018 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Also on Sunday, practical Saturn conjuncts with transformative Pluto, allowing us to see what no longer serves us. Venus Australis,, 13 Jan. 2020 The gaseous Jupiter and Earth’s red neighbor Mars conjunct in the morning heavens this weekend. Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2018 The gaseous Jupiter and Earth’s red neighbor Mars conjunct in the morning heavens this weekend. Blaine Friedlander, Washington Post, 2 Jan. 2018 These planetary companions conjunct within the first few days of March. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, 24 Feb. 2018 Venus and Jupiter conjunct Nov. 13, according to the U.S. Naval Observatory. Blaine P. Friedlander Jr., Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of conjunct


15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for conjunct


Middle English, from Latin conjunctus, past participle of conjungere

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The first known use of conjunct was in the 15th century

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“Conjunct.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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