ga·​lac·​tic gə-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce galactic (audio)
: of or relating to a galaxy and especially the Milky Way galaxy
: huge
a galactic sum of money

Examples of galactic in a Sentence

a galactic serving of soda that would have been enough for three moviegoers
Recent Examples on the Web Buy something fun and extremely nerdy Lots of places discount their Star Wars merch and/or release exclusives on May 4, and has a roundup of all the coolest stuff, from galactic pennants and R2-D2 luggage to Yoda bottles and Death Star rings. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 2 May 2024 Vin Diesel is officially returning to the world of Pitch Black and galactic antihero Riddick, the sci-fi action franchise that gave the actor his first major leading role. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 3 Sep. 2019 The map, painted in infrared wavelengths, reveals new details in a stretch of our galactic home 500 light-years wide. Dennis Overbye, New York Times, 19 Apr. 2024 By contrast, supermassive black hole Sagittarius A*, parked at the galactic core, is vastly larger, with about 4 million times the mass of the Sun. George Dvorsky / Gizmodo, Quartz, 16 Apr. 2024 Having more accurate observations of galactic behavior helped them fine-tune their models of how the universe developed. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 3 Apr. 2024 If confirmed, the object could offer astronomers a look at an early stage of galactic evolution. Mark Zastrow, Discover Magazine, 1 Mar. 2024 Her co-star Timothée Chalamet played with his styling choices as well, appearing in a zippered Alexander McQueen suit that echoed the structured black uniform of his character Paul Atreides, the teenage heir to the one of the great houses in the film’s galactic empire. Jacqui Palumbo, CNN, 15 Feb. 2024 The plot, however, is dizzying and the world-building immersive, and the reportedly galactic budget looks well and creatively spent on the screen. James Poniewozik, New York Times, 20 Mar. 2024

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Word History


borrowed from New Latin galacticus (taken as derivative of Galaxias "Milky Way"), borrowed from Greek galaktikós "milky," from galakt-, gála "milk" + -ikos -ic entry 1 — more at galaxy

First Known Use

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of galactic was in 1839

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“Galactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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ga·​lac·​tic gə-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce galactic (audio)
: of or relating to a galaxy

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