zodiac

noun
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

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That will put Baby Sussex in good royal zodiac company. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's Baby Will Likely Have the Same Zodiac Sign as Princess Charlotte, Prince Louis, and the Queen," 10 Mar. 2019 Launching January 15, the new Zodiac collection offers fans a pair of Meghan's favorite flats, personalized with their own zodiac sign. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Meghan Markle's Beloved Rothy's Flats Just Got a Zodiac Update," 15 Jan. 2019 The pig is one of 12 animals that in the Chinese zodiac’s 12-year cycle. Alice Fung, The Seattle Times, "In year of the pig, Hong Kong has had enough of wild ones," 6 Feb. 2019 Another noted her zodiac sign is a Leo, which of course, is a lion. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Rumer Willis Confirms If She's the Lion on 'The Masked Singer'," 28 Jan. 2019 Cancer, June 21–July 22 Cancers are the true introverts of the zodiac. Alice Bell, Vogue, "The Best Gifts for Every Astrological Sign on Your List," 26 Nov. 2018 Inspired by traditional Chinese zodiac, her three-piece debut collection focuses on classic Chinese iconography in specific cultures. Kristen Bateman, Vogue, "Meet the Neon Light Artist Beloved by New York Cool Girls," 15 Jan. 2019 Though neither gave any hints about what the collection will include, the brand's Instagram posts announce the partnership have a distinctly '60s vibe, with references to several zodiac signs. Andrea Park, Glamour, "Zendaya Is Taking Over for Gigi Hadid as the Face of Tommy Hilfiger," 16 Oct. 2018 The way in which the planet operates, however, is influenced by its zodiac sign. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 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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zodiac

noun
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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