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[aw-rahy-guh] /ɔˈraɪ gə/
noun, genitive Aurigae
[aw-rahy-jee] /ɔˈraɪ dʒi/ (Show IPA).
the Charioteer, a northern constellation between Perseus and Gemini, containing the bright star Capella.
Origin of Auriga
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English < Latin: charioteer Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Auriga
Historical Examples
  • Capella is lo-cat-ed in the con-stell-a-tion which you call Auriga.

    Jubilation, U.S.A. G. L. Vandenburg
  • The constellation of Auriga may next command our attention (map No. 5).

    Pleasures of the telescope Garrett Serviss
  • I twas situated in the constellation of Auriga, and was noticed on February 1.

  • In January, 1892, a new star was suddenly seen in the constellation Auriga.

    Curiosities of the Sky Garrett Serviss
  • The star β is common to Auriga and Taurus, being the former's right foot and the latter's northern horn.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • The star β called Nath, is peculiarly white, and is common to Taurus and Auriga.

    A Field Book of the Stars William Tyler Olcott
  • A very remarkable variable star has been recently discovered in the constellation Auriga.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • Auriga (the Wagoner) lies directly east of Perseus, and extends nearly parallel to that constellation, from north to south.

    Letters on Astronomy Denison Olmsted
  • A northern constellation, and one of the old 48 asterisms; it is popularly known as the Waggoner: α Auriga, Capella.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • Capella, a reddish star of the first magnitude in the northern constellation of Auriga.

    The Nuttall Encyclopaedia Edited by Rev. James Wood
British Dictionary definitions for Auriga


noun (Latin genitive) Aurigae (ɔːˈraɪdʒiː)
a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere between the Great Bear and Orion, at the edge of the Milky Way. It contains the first magnitude star Capella and the supergiant eclipsing binary star Epsilon Aurigae
Word Origin
Latin: charioteer
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Auriga

northern constellation, from Latin auriga "a charioteer, driver," from aureae "bridle of a horse" (from os, genitive oris, "mouth;" see oral) + agere "set in motion, drive, lead" (see act (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Auriga in Science
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Gemini and Perseus. Auriga (the Charioteer) contains the bright star Capella.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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