zodiac

noun
zo·​di·​ac | \ˈzō-dē-ˌak \

Definition of zodiac 

1a : an imaginary band in the heavens centered on the ecliptic that encompasses the apparent paths of all the planets and is divided into 12 constellations or signs each taken for astrological purposes to extend 30 degrees of longitude

b : a figure representing the signs of the zodiac and their symbols

2 : a cyclic course a zodiac of feasts and fasts— R. W. Emerson

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Other Words from zodiac

zodiacal \zō-​ˈdī-​ə-​kəl, zə-​ \ adjective

Examples of zodiac in a Sentence

a political candidate dealing with the never-ending zodiac of rubber-chicken dinners and meet and greets

Recent Examples on the Web

Aries, March 21–April 19 As the first sign in the zodiac circle, Aries has a youthful, childlike energy that needs to be released in a healthy way. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 Most tend to focus on river and marine scenery, or zodiac and other astronomical images, like those that adorn the entrance wall and ceiling. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ancient “comic strip” depicts the founding of a Roman city," 10 Oct. 2018 While the architects and designers mentioned below may not have actual birthdays that correspond to your zodiac’s dates, their personalities and styles are spot-on matches to each sign’s tropes. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be?," 10 Oct. 2018 At the lounge in Houston, travelers are greeted with a lighting fixture that features seven zodiac constellations -- Aquarius, Capricorn, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpio and Virgo -- as a nod to the Polaris namesake. Andrea Leinfelder, Houston Chronicle, "Sneak Peek inside United's exclusive new lounge at IAH," 26 June 2018 Soon after the current terminal opened in 1913, an observant commuter noticed the zodiac was backward — not exactly offering the simulated astronomical experience the owners had desired. Keith Williams, New York Times, "What Is That Spot on the Ceiling of Grand Central Terminal?," 7 June 2018 Sculptures of boats, humans, and Chinese zodiac figures will be made from bamboo, sisal, and silk, the materials associated with traditional kite-making. Brittany Martin, Los Angeles Magazine, "Ai Weiwei Will Be All Over L.A. This Fall With Simultaneous Exhibits," 22 May 2018 The diversity of the zodiac completes the astrological wheel. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 For more spooky content: »This meme page curates the best of the internet’s ‘spooky toilets’ »Based on your zodiac sign, what should your Halloween costume be? Alyssa Nassner, Curbed, "Cleansing 101: Keeping your home’s energy in check," 17 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of zodiac

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for zodiac

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin zodiacus, from Greek zōidiakos, from zōidiakos, adjective, of carved figures, of the zodiac, from zōidion carved figure, sign of the zodiac, from diminutive of zōion living being, figure; akin to Greek zōē life

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zodiac

noun
zo·​di·​ac | \ˈzō-dē-ˌak \

Kids Definition of zodiac

: an imaginary belt in the sky that includes the paths of the planets and is divided into twelve constellations or signs each with a special name and symbol

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