li·​bra | \ for senses 1 & 2a ˈlē-brə How to pronounce libra (audio) , sometimes ˈlī-brə, for sense 2b ˈlē-brə or ˈlēv-rə How to pronounce libra (audio) \

Definition of libra

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a : a southern zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Scorpio represented by a pair of scales
b(1) : the seventh sign of the zodiac in astrology — see Signs of the Zodiac Table
(2) : one born under the sign of Libra
2a plural librae\ ˈlī-​ˌbrē How to pronounce librae (audio) , ˈlē-​ˌbrī\ [ L ] : an ancient Roman unit of weight equal to 327.45 grams
b [ Spanish & Portuguese, from Latin ] : any of various Spanish, Portuguese, Colombian, or Venezuelan units of weight

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But not right away. Born a Libra like his father, Els’s son was slow to crawl, slow to walk, and slow to talk. Karen Crouse, New York Times, "Ernie Els’s Inner Voice Was Quieted When His Son Was Slow to Speak," 13 June 2016 Libra: Your gift to make anything beautiful will go beyond this week, so wave your magic wand! Cosmopolitan, "Your Weekly Horoscope By Astrologist Kiki T," 6 Aug. 2013

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First Known Use of libra

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for libra

Middle English, from Latin (genitive Librae), literally, scales, pound

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Li·​bra | \ ˈlē-brə, ˈlī-\

Kids Definition of Libra

1 : a constellation between Virgo and Scorpio imagined as a pair of scales
2 : the seventh sign of the zodiac or a person born under this sign

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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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