galaxy

noun
gal·​axy | \ ˈga-lək-sē How to pronounce galaxy (audio) \
plural galaxies

Definition of galaxy

1a often capitalized : milky way galaxy used with the
b : any of the very large groups of stars and associated matter that are found throughout the universe
2a : an assemblage of brilliant or notable persons or things a galaxy of artists
b : world sense 11 remained galaxies apart on the issueNewsweek

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The system of stars that includes our sun looks, in the night sky, like a broad band of light. We call this band the Milky Way. The idea of the whiteness of the Milky Way being similar to that of milk is much older than the English language, however. Galaxias, the Greek word for the Milky Way, was derived from the Greek gala, “milk.” English galaxy, derived from Greek galaxias, was not used until the 19th century as a generic term for other star systems as well as the one in which we live.

Examples of galaxy in a Sentence

The event was attended by a galaxy of artists. they're a galaxy apart when it comes to politics
Recent Examples on the Web With the upgrade, the researchers detected concentric layers of charged iron within supernova remnants in the Large Magellanic Cloud, a nearby satellite galaxy of our Milky Way. Rachel Berkowitz, Scientific American, "Mapping the Remains of Supernovae," 22 Dec. 2019 That echo of pain is the background to a classic Star Wars setup: a handful of heroes against a galaxy of fascists, racing against time and impossible odds for a chance at hope. Wired, "Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order Is Strong With the Force," 15 Nov. 2019 But consider this: Thirteen Warriors suited up against Portland during last season’s Western Conference finals, including the familiar galaxy of stars (minus injured Kevin Durant). Bruce Jenkins, SFChronicle.com, "The ‘Baby Warriors’ show energy and heart," 5 Nov. 2019 The two-minute-long trailer took viewers through the many galaxies of the Star Wars universe while focusing on the battle between the light and dark sides of the Force represented in Daisy Ridley's Rey and Adam Driver's Kylo Ren. Frank Pallotta, CNN, "'Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker' trailer showcases the final chapter of the Skywalker saga," 21 Oct. 2019 Yet this statistic was manifestly the product of a galaxy of magic asterisks. Los Angeles Times, "Column: California’s pot tax came in way below projections — and not for the reason you think," 17 Oct. 2019 Prisk is among a small galaxy of associates—trainers, nutritionists and chefs, artists, social media managers, and others—with hazy job descriptions who have spent short amounts of time in Brown’s service or friendship and moved on. Robert Klemko, SI.com, "There’s More History to Antonio Brown’s History," 16 Sep. 2019 Credit where credit is due: Evolution has invented a galaxy of clever adaptations, from fish that swim up sea cucumber butts and eat their gonads, to parasites that mind-control their hosts in wildly complex ways. Matt Simon, WIRED, "An Itty-Bitty Robot That Lifts Off Like a Sci-Fi Spaceship," 4 July 2019 This ejects freshly synthesized elements that mix with interstellar gas and eventually form stars and galaxies. Rachel Berkowitz, Scientific American, "Mapping the Remains of Supernovae," 22 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of galaxy

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for galaxy

Middle English galaxias, galaxie, borrowed from Late Latin galaxias, borrowed from Greek galaxías (probably originally conjoined with kýklos "wheel"), from galakt-, stem of gála "milk" (going back to Indo-European *glkt-, attested elsewhere only in Latin lact-, lac "milk," Armenian kat'n) + -ias, noun suffix, especially of natural phenomena

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The first known use of galaxy was in the 15th century

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19 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Galaxy.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/galaxy. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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galaxy

noun
How to pronounce galaxy (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of galaxy

: any one of the very large groups of stars that make up the universe
: the galaxy in which we live
: a large group of important or well-known people or things

galaxy

noun
gal·​axy | \ ˈga-lək-sē How to pronounce galaxy (audio) \
plural galaxies

Kids Definition of galaxy

2 : one of the very large groups of stars, gas, and dust that make up the universe

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