Definition of galaxy in English:

galaxy

Line breaks: gal¦axy
Pronunciation: /ˈgaləksi
 
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noun (plural galaxies)

  • 1A system of millions or billions of stars, together with gas and dust, held together by gravitational attraction.
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    • There are reckoned to be about 400 billion stars in our galaxy, the Milky Way.
    • New planetary star systems and galaxies are being discovered almost daily.
    • Or it may expand so fast that gravity could never pull galaxies together again.
    Synonyms
  • 1.1 (the Galaxy) The galaxy of which the solar system is a part; the Milky Way.
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    • And he needs to be president of the Galaxy to do it.
    • We realized that our Galaxy was just one of many billions of galaxies in the universe.
    • On another note, this story takes place now, just in a different part of the galaxy.
  • 1.2A large group of impressive people or things: the four musicians have played with a galaxy of stars
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    • To create his galaxy of impressions, Baxter watched television avidly, even backstage between stage shows.
    • The official website is now a positive galaxy of useful stuff.
    • RSS-fortified radio on mobile phones opens a whole galaxy of possibilities.
    Synonyms
    brilliant gathering, dazzling assemblage, illustrious group; host, multitude, array, mass, bevy, horde, company, army, flock, group

Origin

late Middle English (originally referring to the Milky Way): via Old French from medieval Latin galaxia, from Greek galaxias (kuklos) 'milky (vault)', from gala, galakt- 'milk'.

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