Definition of constellation
1 : the configuration of stars especially at one's birth
2 : any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of these configurations <the constellation Orion>
3 : an assemblage, collection, or group of usually related persons, qualities, or things < … a constellation of … relatives, friends, and hangers-on … — Brendan Gill> <a constellation of symptoms>
constellatoryplay \kən-ˈste-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective
Examples of constellation in a sentence
The constellation Ursa Major contains the stars of the Big Dipper.
A large constellation of relatives and friends attended the funeral.
The patient presented a constellation of symptoms.
Origin and Etymology of constellation
Middle English constellacioun, from Anglo-French constellation, from Late Latin constellation-, constellatio, from Latin com- + stella star — more at star
First Known Use: 14th century
CONSTELLATION Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of constellation for English Language Learners
: a group of stars that forms a particular shape in the sky and has been given a name
: a group of people or things that are similar in some way
CONSTELLATION Defined for Kids
Definition of constellation for Students
: any of 88 named groups of stars forming patterns
Medical Definition of constellation
: a set of ideas, conditions, symptoms, or traits that fall into or appear to fall into a pattern: asa: a group of stimulus conditions or factors affecting personality and behavior development <the way in which family constellation and handling of punishment influenced this particular boy—S. B. Sarason>b: a group of behavioral or personality traits
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