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 In December, El Nuevo Herald, the Spanish-language sister newspaper of The Miami Herald, surprised readers with the astrologer's horoscopes and end-of-year rituals. Nicole Chavez, CNN, "Fascinating life of Puerto Rican astrologer Walter Mercado is coming to Netflix with 'Mucho Mucho Amor'," 18 Jan. 2020 The horoscope question in the poll was occasioned by the death of Don Larsen. The Washington Post, "Chatological Humor (Jan 7)," 7 Jan. 2020 Find your star sign below and click the link to get your full horoscope. Maria Mercedes Lara, PEOPLE.com, "Get Your 2020 Horoscope, from Love Matches to Work Tips," 1 Jan. 2020 The book is less of a collection of horoscopes and more a choose-your-own-adventure guide to intuition organized by astrological sign. Cassandra Landry, SFChronicle.com, "Inside the astrology craze: The search for self in the new New Age.," 24 Oct. 2019 In the videos, a researcher shows the bogus horoscope apps SRLabs created and how it could be tweaked with a bogus error message, followed by silence. Jefferson Graham, USA TODAY, "Hey Google and Alexa, how easy is it to take control?," 21 Oct. 2019 That’s why your December horoscope is a complicated Starbucks beverage, which is somehow not sponsored. Catherine Urban, Bon Appétit, "Your December Horoscope: A Very Specific Starbucks Order for Every Sign," 1 Dec. 2019 The skills or actions posed as simple apps for checking horoscopes, with the exception of one, which masqueraded as a random-number generator. Dan Goodin, Ars Technica, "Alexa and Google Home abused to eavesdrop and phish passwords," 20 Oct. 2019 Astrology has been definitively disproved: astrologers do no better than chance at matching horoscopes with psychological profiles in a double-blind study. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "The Mail," 13 Apr. 2018

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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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23 Jan 2020

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“Horoscope.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/horoscope. Accessed 18 Feb. 2020.

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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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