Open main menu

Wiktionary β

See also: constellâtion




From Middle English constellacioun, constillacioun, from Middle French constellation, from Latin constellātiō, from cōn (with) + stēlla (star, astral body).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌkɒn.stəˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌkɑn.stəˈleɪ.ʃən/
  • Hyphenation: con‧stel‧la‧tion
  • Rhymes: -eɪʃən


constellation (plural constellations)

  1. (astronomy) An asterism, an arbitrary formation of stars perceived as a figure or pattern, especially one officially recognised by astronomers.
    • 1824, Astronomical Recreations; or, Sketches of the Relative Position and Mythological History of the Constellations, Philadelphia, p. 78:
      Harpa Georgii, or the Harp of George, is a new constellation introduced on the maps by one of the German astronomers, in honour of the late king of England, George III.
  2. An image associated with a group of stars.
  3. (modern astronomy) Any of the 88 officially by the IAU recognized regions of the sky, including all stars and celestial bodies in the region. [1920s]
  4. (astrology) The configuration of planets at a given time (notably of birth), as used for determining a horoscope.
  5. (figuratively) A wide, seemingly unlimited assortment.
    • A constellation of possibilities.
    • 2006, Edwin Black, chapter 2, in Internal Combustion[1]:
      Throughout the 1500s, the populace roiled over a constellation of grievances of which the forest emerged as a key focal point. The popular late Middle Ages fictional character Robin Hood, dressed in green to symbolize the forest, dodged fines for forest offenses and stole from the rich to give to the poor. But his appeal was painfully real and embodied the struggle over wood.
  6. (spaceflight) A fleet of satellites of the same purpose (such as the set of GPS satellites, or Iridium satcom fleet).
  7. A configuration or grouping.
    • Your computer's software constellation helps you do your work faster.
  8. A network of connections that exists between people who are in polyamorous relationships, for example between one person, their partner, and that person's partner (the first person's metamour).

Derived termsEdit

Related termsEdit


The translations below need to be checked and inserted above into the appropriate translation tables, removing any numbers. Numbers do not necessarily match those in definitions. See instructions at Wiktionary:Entry layout#Translations.

See alsoEdit



From Middle French constellation, from Latin constellātiō, from cōn (with) + stēlla (star, astral body)


  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃s.tɛ.la.sjɔ̃/


constellation f (plural constellations)

  1. constellation (all senses)

Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit