libra

noun li·bra \ for senses 1 & 2a ˈlē-brə , sometimes ˈlī-brə , for sense 2b ˈlē-brə or ˈlēv-rə \

Definition of libra

1 capitalized
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
2 a plural librae play \ˈlī-ˌbrē, 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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Origin and Etymology of libra

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


LIBRA Defined for Kids

Libra

noun Li·bra \ ˈlē-brə , ˈlī- \

Definition of Libra for Students

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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