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Definition of "constellation" []

  • Astronomy An arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or design, especially one of 88 recognized groups named after characters from classical mythology and various common animals and objects. (noun)
  • Astronomy An area of the celestial sphere occupied by one of the 88 recognized constellations. (noun)
  • The configuration of planets at the time of one's birth, regarded by astrologers as determining one's character or fate. (noun)
  • A gathering or an assemblage, especially of prominent persons or things: The symposium was attended by a constellation of artists and writers. (noun)
  • A set or configuration, as of related items, properties, ideas, or individuals: a constellation of demands ranging from better food to improved health care; a constellation of feelings about the divorce. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "constellation" in a sentence
  • "Then, finally you are probably aware of South Africa's attempts to develop what it calls a constellation of States in southern Africa."
  • "The Plough constellation is the best signpost to use in the Northern hemisphere, whereas The Southern Cross is the navigating star in the south."
  • "The development of constellation is in progress and the big decisions have already been made."