Definition of meteor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈmiːtɪə/
Pronunciation: /ˈmiːtɪɔː/


A small body of matter from outer space that enters the earth’s atmosphere, becoming incandescent as a result of friction and appearing as a streak of light.
Example sentences
  • Whitehead thinks that the meteor entered the Earth's atmosphere at a low angle.
  • It may also raise the number of random meteors seen from Earth streaking across the sky.
  • There are meteors and comets and supernovas and yes, black holes.


Mid 16th century (denoting any atmospheric phenomenon): from modern Latin meteorum, from Greek meteōron, neuter (used as a noun) of meteōros 'lofty'.

  • In early use the term was used for any atmospheric phenomenon: it comes via modern Latin from Greek meteōron ‘of the atmosphere’, from meteōros ‘lofty’. The same source gave us meteorology (early 17th century).

Words that rhyme with meteor


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