horo·​scope | \ ˈhȯr-ə-ˌskōp , 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

Even Spotify is savvy to the great horoscope takeover. Cazzie David, Vogue, "2018’s Most Ridiculous Moments in Beauty—And Beyond!—According to Cazzie David," 22 Dec. 2018 But in the mid-’70s, ETS dropped its endorsement, as most of its researchers had come to see the MBTI as no better than a horoscope. Carol Tavris, WSJ, "‘The Personality Brokers’ Review: A Blurred View of Who You Are," 6 Sep. 2018 Read what your sign's 2018 horoscope predictions have in store for you, or check out the Capricorn personality profile. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What November's Capricorn Horoscope Means for You," 28 Oct. 2018 Next, read this month’s Aries horoscope predictions. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 Millions of people can’t get enough of horoscope columns and Twitter accounts. Lexie Schapitl, Vox, "Astrology has almost no science to back it up. But people love it anyway.," 9 Aug. 2018 Read through the ultimate summer fashion horoscope to find your best poolside look. Avery Matera, Teen Vogue, "Which Swimsuit to Wear, According to Your Horoscope," 22 June 2018 So January's food horoscopes are very celestial pairings of your Zodiac sign with...dumplings. Catherine O’neill, Bon Appetit, "Your January Horoscope: Dumplings and Predictions," 2 Jan. 2018 Instagram - Get your horoscope for the month—and find your perfect Kenzo outfit—at the brand's new astrology site, Kenzodiac. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Are Gwyneth and Chris Reuniting? Plus More!," 19 June 2014

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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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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 , 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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