Definition of constellation in English:


Syllabification: con·stel·la·tion
Pronunciation: /ˌkänstəˈlāSH(ə)n


1A group of stars forming a recognizable pattern that is traditionally named after its apparent form or identified with a mythological figure. Modern astronomers divide the sky into eighty-eight constellations with defined boundaries.
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  • Section IV takes us off the land and into comets, galaxies and constellations of stars.
  • Instead she tried to name the constellations in the stars.
  • Maria and her father lay out under the stars, naming the constellations.
1.1A group or cluster of related things: no two patients ever show exactly the same constellation of symptoms
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  • The Defense Department has not yet selected all of the future locations for its new constellation of overseas facilities.
  • That morning, a peddler on Broad Street had extended a constellation of needle marks into her path, hand holding a fake plastic flower.
  • Both of these are definitely important considerations that capital owners weigh, but they are amongst a constellation of many others.


Middle 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'.

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