Definition of cosmos
2 : a complex orderly self-inclusive system
3 plural cosmos\ˈkäz-məs, -məz\ also cosmosesplay \ˈkäz-mə-səz\ [New Latin, genus name, from Greek kosmos] : any of a genus (Cosmos) of tropical American composite herbs; especially : a widely cultivated tall annual (C. bipinnatus) with yellow or red disks and showy ray flowers
Examples of cosmos in a Sentence
the origins of the cosmos
an essay that ponders the place of humankind in the vast cosmos
Recent Examples of cosmos from the Web
On Earth, everything alive evolved within the framework of gravity and under the protection of the planet’s magnetic field, which deflects most of the high-energy cosmic particles that hurtle through the cosmos.
The chorale that immediately follows, amped by images of the cosmos on the screens, is one of the high points of the show.
Still, Herzog, who takes movies more seriously than anyone in the universe, is genuinely interested in how our notions of the cosmos frame our notions of time and life.
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Did You Know?
Cosmos often simply means "universe". But the word is generally used to suggest an orderly or harmonious universe, as it was originally used by Pythagoras in the 6th century B.C. Thus, a religious mystic may help put us in touch with the cosmos, and so may a physicist. The same is often true of the adjective cosmic: Cosmic rays (really particles rather than rays) bombard us from outer space, but cosmic questions come from human attempts to find order in the universe.
Origin and Etymology of cosmos
First Known Use: 1596
COSMOS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of cosmos for English Language Learners
the cosmos : the universe especially when it is understood as an ordered system
: a tall plant that has usually white, pink, or red flowers
COSMOS Defined for Kids
Definition of cosmos for Students
1 : the universe especially as thought of as an orderly system
2 : a tall garden plant related to the daisies that has showy white, pink, or rose-colored flower heads
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