zodiac

noun zo·di·ac \ ˈzō-dē-ˌak \
Updated on: 23 Nov 2017

Definition of zodiac

1 a : 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

zodiacal

play \zō-ˈdī-ə-kəl, zə-\ adjective

Examples of zodiac in a Sentence

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

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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



ZODIAC Defined for Kids

zodiac

noun zo·di·ac \ ˈzō-dē-ˌak \

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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