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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Another theory is that 12 is considered a complete number, as in there are 12 months in a year, 12 hours on a clock, 12 disciples, 12 tribes of Israel and 12 zodiac signs. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, "Friday 13th: Why is it considered unlucky?," 13 Sep. 2019 Tart, the others say, can still remember the zodiac signs of every character from their books, and has been known to send group e-mails commemorating the big life events of their characters. Ceridwen Dovey, The New Yorker, "Can You Write a Novel as a Group?," 30 Aug. 2019 Whether someone in your life is going back to school, having a birthday, or just because – zodiac jewelry stands alone as the perfect present. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Rep Your Sign With These Zodiac Jewelry Picks," 8 Aug. 2019 The imagery of the archer is most likely taken from Taylor's zodiac sign. Carolyn Twersky, Seventeen, "The Lyrics to Taylor Swift's Emotional New Song "The Archer" are Riddled With Easter Eggs," 24 July 2019 Looking to browse other candles for your zodiac sign? Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Birthdate Candles Are Perfectly Crafted for You Based on the Day You Were Born," 3 July 2019 The pair also discussed their zodiac signs (Meg is an Aquarius and Nicki is a Sagittarius) before Minaj praised her energy and offered some words of wisdom. Bonnie Stiernberg, Billboard, "Nicki Minaj Thanks Megan Thee Stallion For Her Support On Instagram Live: 'It Means A Lot To Me'," 28 July 2019 And Leo, the fifth sign of the zodiac, is a fire sign that’s known for being charismatic, outgoing, and impatient. Erika W. Smith, refinery29.com, "Mars Is In Leo, So Go Ahead And Send That Text," 5 July 2019 Most cocktail menus change seasonally, but Gokan’s new one shines a light on the Japanese zodiac, taking imbibers on a celestial cocktail journey with 12 drinks. AJC.com, "These 12 cocktails from Himitsu are inspired by the Japanese zodiac," 25 Feb. 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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