or·​rery ˈȯr-ər-ē How to pronounce orrery (audio)
plural orreries
: an apparatus showing the relative positions and motions of bodies in the solar system by balls moved by a clockwork

Illustration of orrery

Illustration of orrery

Examples of orrery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Few things are as captivating as an orrery. Jay Bennett and Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2021 And like a globe, an orrery also serves a practical function. Jay Bennett and Jennifer Leman, Popular Mechanics, 19 Jan. 2021 Christina suggests Hiram’s hidden pages are connected to his orrery — or solar system model — which was secreted away in his home. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 8 Sep. 2020 Hippolyta finds in the orrery, which send her to the observatory (the numbers are 39.805499 and -95.159492). Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, 28 Sep. 2020

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Word History


Charles Boyle †1731 4th Earl of Orrery

First Known Use

1713, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of orrery was in 1713

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“Orrery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/orrery. Accessed 26 Sep. 2023.

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