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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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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If ice creams could have zodiac signs, cookies and cream would be a Libra — obsessed with balance and equilibrium. Maura Judkis, Washington Post, "Who makes the best cookies-and-cream ice cream in the U.S.? We scooped up 15 top brands to find out.," 10 July 2019 Scroll below to see what Sonja Marie’s Word Life Astrology says the month of June has in store for you! 01 May 21 to June 20 Be AWARE: Happy solar return to the zodiac’s wordsmith. Sonja Marie, Essence, "Gemini, Mind Your Money! Here Are June 2019 Horoscopes For All," 6 June 2019 People with the first air sign of the zodiac calendar know how to straddle the line between fun and serious, love to socialize and are full of constant energy that may sometimes appear as frenetic. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "17 Gemini Memes That Totally Describe All Your Gemini Friends," 3 June 2019 Memorial Day is behind us, summer lies ahead of us, and the zodiac’s twin time is upon us. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "Your June pop culture horoscope revealed: Dietland, Christina Aguilera, and Ocean's 8," 31 May 2018 Astrologer and avid traveler Susan Miller says the answers to many of these questions could lie in our zodiac signs. Isabelle Kliger, Condé Nast Traveler, "Who You Should Travel With, Based On Your Zodiac Sign," 4 June 2019 Or maybe even a succulent to match your zodiac sign. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "This Phallic Chili Plant Will Seriously Spice Up Your Kitchen," 15 May 2019 However, do not get confused, as the Houses are not the same as the zodiac wheel, which is based on the sun’s yearly rotational movement. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "The 12 Astrological Houses: Interpreting Your Birth Chart Beyond the Zodiac," 6 Oct. 2018 To me, Virgos are one of the most boring signs in the zodiac. Tynan Sinks, Allure, "The Best Zodiac-Inspired Makeup and Beauty Products for Astrology Lovers," 26 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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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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