zo·​di·​ac | \ ˈzō-dē-ˌak How to pronounce zodiac (audio) \

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 How to pronounce zodiacal (audio) , 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 In this Smile-era single, Perry invokes an old symbol — a white wedding dress — that will speak to the purest sign of the zodiac. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Which Katy Perry songs to listen to based on your zodiac sign," 27 Aug. 2020 The last fire sign of the zodiac, Sagittarius launches its many pursuits like blazing arrows, chasing after geographical, intellectual, and spiritual adventures. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The Personality of a Sagittarius, Explained," 31 July 2020 Many of these skymates were the influencers of the zodiac, reminding us all to keep going even if the battle seemed endless. refinery29.com, "Astrology Predicted The 2020 Revolution. Here’s What’s Coming Next," 24 June 2020 The best houseplant for your zodiac sign Black Raven ZZ plants for Aquarius. Los Angeles Times, "Here’s a list of Black-owned coffee shops in L.A., inspired by #BlackinBrew," 12 June 2020 Some believe that your zodiac sign can give you helpful insights into your personality and character, and that the position of the stars and planets at the time of your birth can even help predict your future. Andrea Beck, Better Homes & Gardens, "The Perfect Houseplant for Your Zodiac Sign, According to an Astrologer," 13 May 2020 The show, which features more than 200 objects, many drawn from LACMA’s collection, examines the use of animals as zodiac symbols, in folklore and the natural world. Los Angeles Times, "Datebook: How L.A. photographer George Rodriguez chronicled every corner of the city," 17 Oct. 2019 Someone chimed in that the 69 tattoo was actually for his zodiac symbol, Cancer. Katy Hershberger, Longreads, "Losing My Religion at Christian Camp," 8 Aug. 2019 Of the 12 Chinese zodiac signs — which also include goats, tigers, oxen and snakes — the rat is perhaps the least appealing. Kim Bhasin, Bloomberg.com, "Can Rats Be Chic? Fashion Labels Are Trying For Lunar New Year," 8 May 2020

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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, borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French zodias, zodiac, borrowed from Latin zōdiacus, adjective (in the combinations circulus/orbis zōdiacus "zodiac"), borrowed from Greek zōidiakós "zodiac" (originally modifying kýklos "circle"), from zṓidion "painted or carved figure, sign of the zodiac" (from zôion "animal, figure, image" + -idion, diminutive suffix) + -akos, variant of -ikos -ic entry 1 after a vowel — more at zoo-

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“Zodiac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zodiac. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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zo·​di·​ac | \ ˈzō-dē-ˌak How to pronounce zodiac (audio) \

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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