solar system

noun
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of solar system

: the sun together with the group of celestial bodies that are held by its attraction and revolve around it; also : a similar system centered on another star

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First Known Use of solar system

circa 1704


SOLAR SYSTEM Defined for English Language Learners

solar system

noun

Definition of solar system for English Language Learners

  • the solar system : our sun and the planets that move around it

  • : a star other than our sun and the planets that move around it


SOLAR SYSTEM Defined for Kids

solar system

noun

Definition of solar system for Students

: the sun and the planets, asteroids, comets, and meteors that revolve around it

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