Definition of horoscope in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈhɒrəskəʊp/


1A forecast of a person’s future, typically including a delineation of character and circumstances, based on the relative positions of the stars and planets at the time of that person’s birth: he gave lectures on astrology and cast horoscopes in his spare time
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  • However, my intention is not to give the delineation of my horoscope but to show how we can join occidental astrology with vedic astrology.
  • In Burma, a horoscope is cast shortly after birth and regularly consulted throughout life, especially when any major changes in normal routines have occurred or are imminent.
  • He was a child prodigy who went to Leipzig university at the age of 11, published his first almanac at the age of 12 and at age 15 was casting horoscopes for the Hapsburg Emperor Frederick III.
1.1A short forecast for people born under a particular sign, especially as published in a newspaper or magazine: my horoscope said it was time to do something for myself, so I phoned Georgia that evening
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  • That's why many otherwise reputable newspapers and magazines run horoscopes.
  • This is one of the last major newspapers in the country not to publish a horoscope.
  • I've started treating her articles in much the same way that I treat newspaper horoscopes: reading them results in a loss of 5 minutes of my life that I'll never get back.
1.2A birth chart (see chart).
Example sentences
  • It was set up a decade ago for left-wingers branded trouble-makers by conventional agencies which are more used to delving into hobbies, hair colours and horoscopes.
  • Paniker not only played upon the abstraction of the words and scripts but also incorporated mathematical formulae, algebraic equations and diagrams of horoscopes.
  • To chart an accurate horoscope one needs to know the place, date and hour of birth.



Pronunciation: /hɒrəˈskɒpɪk/
Example sentences
  • His activities include playing chess, creating poetry, prescribing medical treatment, listening to arguments of rival parties and making horoscopic calculations.
  • I make horoscopic calculations in order to find a clue to the core of psychological truth.
  • It reads as well as any horoscopic ramble published for the eager consumption of those who need assurance that they are well represented in the cosmic plan.


Pronunciation: /hɒˈrɒskəpi/
Example sentences
  • George, meanwhile, has abandoned horoscopy for numerology.
  • A study of the female horoscopy will be of immense interest in view of the rapid advancement that women are making from all walks of life.
  • It perhaps started in the practice of horoscopy, which is commonly utilised, but has developed into a complex science.


Pronunciation: /-ˈskɒpɪk(ə)l/


Old English: via Latin from Greek hōroskopos, from hōra 'time' + skopos 'observer'.

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