horo·​scope | \ ˈhȯr-ə-ˌskōp How to pronounce horoscope (audio) , ˈhär- \

Definition of horoscope

1 : a diagram of the relative positions of planets and signs of the zodiac at a specific time (as at one's birth) for use by astrologers in inferring individual character and personality traits and in foretelling events of a person's life
2 : an astrological forecast

Examples of horoscope in a Sentence

She checked the newspaper for her horoscope.
Recent Examples on the Web Halsey fans erupted in excitement on social media, offering their congratulations and already guessing the baby's horoscope (the running theory is a Leo). Natalie Morin, refinery29.com, "Halsey Reveals She’s Pregnant In New Photos," 28 Jan. 2021 Read your full Aries tarot horoscope for January 2021 here. Meghan Rose, Glamour, "Tarotscopes: Monthly Tarot Horoscopes for Every Zodiac Sign," 1 Jan. 2021 The Birthdate Book includes 70 pages of horoscope analysis for an in-depth look at what the universe has in store. Naveen Kumar, CNN Underscored, "19 gifts for the astrology-obsessed person in your life," 10 Dec. 2020 As far as what to get, ordering food from the House of Prime Rib is like reading your horoscope. Soleil Ho, SFChronicle.com, "House of Prime Rib's beefy feasts are still a splurge-worthy event as takeout," 12 Nov. 2020 That's more of a horoscope than a weather forecast. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, "51 MPH Gusts Usher an Early November Into Minnesota," 14 Oct. 2020 Anyone who religiously reads their horoscope and knows their birth chart like the back of their hand deserves some customized astrology gifts that can help ease the impact of mercury in retrograde (which, by the way, rolls back around in October). Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "25 Astrology Gifts for Your Friend Whose Most Used App Is Co-Star," 11 Sep. 2020 Astrology was important in sixteenth-century Italy, not yet separate from the discipline of astronomy, and Michelangelo’s father, as a minor aristocrat, took care to have a professional cast his newborn son’s horoscope. Ingrid D. Rowland, The New York Review of Books, "He Made Stone Speak," 17 June 2020 In fact, horoscope sites have reported rising traffic as people look to the stars to give shape to a formless quarantine life. Penn Bullock, New York Times, "Reopening Risks, Ahmaud Arbery, Mother’s Day: Your Weekend Briefing," 10 May 2020

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First Known Use of horoscope

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for horoscope

Middle English horoscopum, from Latin horoscopus, from Greek hōroskopos, from hōra + skopos watcher; akin to Greek skopein to look at — more at spy

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The first known use of horoscope was in the 14th century

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14 Feb 2021

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“Horoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horoscope. Accessed 9 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of horoscope

: advice and future predictions based on the date of a person's birth and the positions of the stars and planets


horo·​scope | \ ˈhȯr-ə-ˌskōp How to pronounce horoscope (audio) , ˈhär- \

Kids Definition of horoscope

1 : a diagram of the positions of the planets and signs of the zodiac used in astrology
2 : a prediction based on astrology

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