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 zodiac (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 Jewelry depicting a Virgo’s maiden zodiac symbol, like a signet ring or charm, is a beautiful way to showcase the star sign’s practical, kind, and humble nature. Laura Lajiness, Vogue, 23 Oct. 2021 This sign is also known as the child of the zodiac. Emily Simone, Allure, 29 Dec. 2021 Known for being the rule followers of the zodiac, Capricorn traits also include being highly ambitious, mature, and practical. Lindy Segal, Glamour, 21 Dec. 2021 The Year of the Ox, the second in the twelve-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Richard Carleton Hacker, Robb Report, 8 Sep. 2021 Don't forget to check out your weekly horoscope by Astro All-Starz to know more about what's ahead for your zodiac sign. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 13 Sep. 2021 From magazines to memes, astrological advice is all around, guiding everything from self-care tips to gift guides based on your zodiac sign. Liz Worth, refinery29.com, 12 Aug. 2021 What is the definition of a zodiac sign, and how are the signs impacted by the planets? Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, 4 July 2021 Long before the days of tarot cards or apps that let your zodiac signs shed light on your future, psychic Micki Dahne was telling Miami radio listeners what was on the horizon. Madeleine Romance, sun-sentinel.com, 4 Aug. 2021

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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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22 Jan 2022

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“Zodiac.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/zodiac. Accessed 24 Jan. 2022.

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zo·​di·​ac | \ ˈzō-dē-ˌak How to pronounce zodiac (audio) \

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: 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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