constellate

verb con·stel·late \ ˈkän(t)-stə-ˌlāt \

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

Did You Know?

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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