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
Recent Examples on the Web Joe the relief pitcher is about to enter the game to face Fred the hitter, so Joe cues up video of Fred’s last five at-bats against Joe, plus all pertinent data, including Fred’s launch angle and zodiac sign. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball and technology? Let’s pull the plug," 27 Feb. 2020 The Seabourn Sojourn was recently fitted with a fleet of zodiacs, kayaks and expedition gear for its Ventures by Seabourn excursion program. Peter Knego, USA TODAY, "Seabourn Sojourn cruise ship tour: Tubs that overlook the sea and other luxuries," 4 Nov. 2019 My unusual name is related to the words zoo, zoology, zoometry and zodiac. Dallas News, "Motley Fool: We think Goodyear has good years ahead, and this week’s trivia," 8 Mar. 2020 Starting March 19, the Sun lights up Aries, the first sign of the zodiac and the ruler the head, the place where ideas begin. Venus Australis, refinery29.com, "Your March Horoscope," 1 Mar. 2020 These carved animals resting on the back of a large turtle represent the Chinese zodiac. John Wogan, New York Times, "Diane von Furstenberg’s Magic Talismans," 21 Feb. 2020 Aries is the first sign of the zodiac and the sign in which this retrograde is happening. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "How to Plan for Mars Retrograde in 2020," 27 Jan. 2020 The team participated in hiking expeditions, zodiac cruises, and visited global research stations. London Gibson, Indianapolis Star, "This Indianapolis woman is first Hoosier in all-female, 3-week Antarctic expedition," 16 Jan. 2020 As the zodiac's traveler, Sagittarius are prone to restlessness and always looking for their next big adventure. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "Where To Travel In 2020 Based On Your Zodiac Sign," 11 Jan. 2020

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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 7 Apr. 2020.

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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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