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 longitudeb : a figure representing the signs of the zodiac and their symbols
2 : a cyclic course a zodiac of feasts and fasts — R. W. Emerson
zodiacalplay \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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In the main concourse, my son peered up at the green ceiling, famous for a depiction of the zodiac, and his jaw nearly dropped.
A dial on the faceplace featured the Greek zodiac and an Egyptian calendar; pointers showed the location of the moon and the five planets known at the time.
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Origin and Etymology of 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
First Known Use: 14th century
ZODIAC Defined for Kids
Definition of zodiac for Students
: 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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