ga·​lac·​tic | \ gə-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce galactic (audio) \

Definition of galactic

1 : of or relating to a galaxy and especially the Milky Way galaxy
2 : 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 The galactic slam occurred at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles away, with the spacecraft named Dart plowing into the space rock at 14,000 mph. Marcia Dunn, Anchorage Daily News, 27 Sep. 2022 The galactic slam occurred at a harmless asteroid 7 million miles (9.6 million kilometers) away, with the spacecraft named Dart plowing into the space rock at 14,000 mph (22,500 kph). Marcia Dunn, ajc, 26 Sep. 2022 All things galactic and celestial are cool, so this t-shirt will fit right in among the fashions in his class. Rachel Rothman, Good Housekeeping, 26 Sep. 2022 What to drink: Mothership’s cocktail menu was created by Kindred’s bar team of David Kinsey and Juan Castañeda, who have given a galactic twist to some traditional Tiki drinks. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 Sep. 2022 Tom Ford went the other way, and closed his show with a gorgeous and galactic queen instead. Harper's BAZAAR, 15 Sep. 2022 That’s because the compression of gas passing into the galactic arm may cause a disturbance of our Solar System’s Oort cloud, Chris Kirkland, the paper’s lead author and a Geochronologist at Australia’s Curtin University in Perth, told me. Bruce Dorminey, Forbes, 26 Aug. 2022 Musicians showed out in equal measure, with Afrobeats heavyweight Adekunle Gold sporting a custom Vivendii leather jacket featuring the sickest galactic airbrush detailing. Michella Oré, Vogue, 13 Sep. 2022 There were even more desserts on the last night of the trip, which featured a full Sweets and Treats hour of galactic delicacies. Lauren Morgan,, 8 Sep. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of galactic

1839, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for galactic

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

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29 Sep 2022

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“Galactic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2022.

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ga·​lac·​tic | \ gə-ˈlak-tik How to pronounce galactic (audio) \

Kids Definition of galactic

: of or relating to a galaxy galactic light

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