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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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 The constellations in the zodiac are simply the constellations that this imaginary straight line points to in its year-long journey. Olivia B. Waxman, Time, "Where Do Zodiac Signs Come From? Here's the True History Behind Your Horoscope," 21 June 2018 The Year of the Pig—this year, according to Chinese zodiac—is not shaping up well for pigs in China, as the deadly African swine fever has swept across the country. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Swine Fever in China, Stock Fever at WH Group," 10 Apr. 2019 Aries is the first sign of the zodiac, so during this new moon, don't be afraid to be the first to do something. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What Your Sign's April Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 31 Mar. 2019 Kyle Thomas, astrologer for Love by Luna, gives insights on which zodiac signs will be the luckiest in love during the cultural event of the year. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Headed to Coachella This Year? Here Are the Zodiac Signs Most Likely to Find Love," 9 Apr. 2019 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

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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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