Definition of galaxy in English:

galaxy

Line breaks: gal¦axy
Pronunciation: /ˈɡaləksi
 
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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.
More example sentences
  • 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.
More example sentences
  • 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
More example sentences
  • 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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