Definition of constellation noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˌkɒnstəˈleɪʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˌkɑːnstəˈleɪʃn//
    The universe, Sky
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  1. 1 a group of stars that forms a shape in the sky and has a name The Little Bear constellation is still used by navigators at sea. Wordfinderasteroid, astronomy, comet, constellation, cosmic, galaxy, meteorite, orbit, space, the universe See related entries: The universe, Sky
  2. 2(formal) a group of related ideas, things or people a constellation of Hollywood talent
  3. Word OriginMiddle English (as an astrological term denoting the relative positions of the “stars” (planets), supposed to influence events): via Old French from late Latin constellatio(n-), based on Latin stella ‘star’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: constellation