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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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

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An Aquarius appears as the black sheep of the zodiac. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "What Your Zodiac Sign Says About Your Online Dating Style," 6 July 2018 Get your history fix in one place: sign up for the weekly TIME History newsletter Where did zodiac signs come from? Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Where Do Zodiac Signs Come From? Here's the True History Behind Your Horoscope," 21 June 2018 If your zodiac sign is able to forecast other areas of your life, why not your entertainment?! Brianna Wiest, Teen Vogue, "What Movies to Watch on Netflix, According to Your Zodiac Sign," 24 May 2018 The renovation, which was completed in 1998, entailed a bit of controversy among art historians — at least with respect to the mural, which purports to show some of the constellations of the zodiac along with nearby stars. Keith Williams, New York Times, "What Is That Spot on the Ceiling of Grand Central Terminal?," 7 June 2018 This year’s paths were cut to look like a familiar farm bird, in honor of the Chinese zodiac’s Year of the Rooster. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "Fall fun: Head to these pumpkin patches, corn mazes and more," 18 Oct. 2017 Since December, Saturn — the taskmaster of the zodiac — has been moving across this exploratory zone, inspiring you to incorporate new adventure into your life. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What June's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 29 May 2018 That's why tattooing your zodiac sign (which, unlike a partner's name or your current favorite TV show, will probably never change) is such a strong choice. refinery29.com, "The Best Teeny-Tiny Zodiac Tattoos For Every Sign," 29 May 2018 Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart once, in good jest, shared a selfie of her with acne cream dotted on her face along with a caption that listed cystic acne, along with her zodiac sign, in her fictional Tinder profile. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "Riverdale’s Lili Reinhart Started a Cystic-Acne Hashtag," 23 May 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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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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