constellate

verb con·stel·late \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌlāt \
Updated on: 6 Jan 2018

Definition of constellate

constellated; constellating
transitive verb
1 : to unite in a cluster
2 : to set or adorn with or as if with constellations
intransitive verb

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Examples of constellate in a Sentence

  1. the museum has constellated many of the artist's most glorious paintings into one stunning exhibition

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It's plain that constellate is related to constellation, and, indeed, things that "constellate" (or "are constellated") cluster together like stars in a constellation. Both words derive ultimately from the Latin word for "star," which is stella. Constellation (which came to us by way of Middle French from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio) entered the language first-it dates to at least the 14th century. Constellate didn't appear until a full 300 years later.

First Known Use of constellate

1643


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