constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of constellation

  1. 1 :  the configuration of stars especially at one's birth

  2. 2 :  any of 88 arbitrary configurations of stars or an area of the celestial sphere covering one of these configurations the constellation Orion

  3. 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

  4. 4 :  pattern, arrangement … taking advantage of the shifting constellation of power throughout the known world. — H. D. Lasswell

constellatory

play \kən-ˈste-lə-ˌtȯr-ē\ adjective

Examples of constellation in a Sentence

  1. The constellation Ursa Major contains the stars of the Big Dipper.

  2. A large constellation of relatives and friends attended the funeral.

  3. 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

constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

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

constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Definition of constellation for Students

  1. :  any of 88 named groups of stars forming patterns


Medical Dictionary

constellation

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noun con·stel·la·tion \ˌkän(t)-stə-ˈlā-shən\

Medical Definition of constellation

  1. :  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. Sarasonb:  a group of behavioral or personality traits



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