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 zodiac (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 All star signs are signs of the zodiac—constellations on the ecliptic, a line in the sky that the Sun appears to follow. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 On August 11, Mercury, the Planet of Communication, is finally leaving the chaos of Leo and entering into a more practical and focused sign of the zodiac: Virgo. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 11 Aug. 2021 On July 27, Mercury, the Planet of Communication, makes its way into the main character of the zodiac: Leo. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, 28 July 2021 Visit Heavens-Above to know the moon's place upon the zodiac. Todd Nelson, Star Tribune, 22 Feb. 2021 The Red Planet is known as the warrior of the zodiac. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 Aries is the epitome of physical activity in the zodiac, so this year take a trip that embodies all that energy with a running tour. Amy Solara Mackey, Travel + Leisure, 25 May 2021 Its decor includes colorful representations of the Chinese zodiac. Dewayne Bevil, orlandosentinel.com, 14 June 2021 To start, think of Saturn as the strict daddy of the zodiac. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, 17 May 2021

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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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The first known use of zodiac was in the 14th century

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“Zodiac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zodiac. Accessed 24 Sep. 2021.

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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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