Definition of asterism in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈastəˌrizəm/


1 Astronomy A prominent pattern or group of stars, typically having a popular name but smaller than a constellation.
Example sentences
  • Orion contains an asterism or well-known star pattern called the ‘saucepan’ or ‘iron pot’.
  • They're located about 15° west-northwest of the bright red star Aldebaran, which in turn is at the end of one of the arms of a V-shaped asterism, the Hyades open cluster, which points southwest.
  • Orion and the Great Bear are two of the most prominent asterisms visible from the northern hemisphere.
2A group of three asterisks (⁂) drawing attention to following text.


Late 16th century: from Greek asterismos, from astēr 'star'.

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Syllabification: as·ter·ism

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