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[beet-l-jooz, bet-l-jœz] /ˈbit lˌdʒuz, ˈbɛt lˌdʒœz/
noun, Astronomy.
a first-magnitude red supergiant in the constellation Orion.
Origin of Betelgeuse
1790-1800; < French < Arabic bīt al jauzāʾ shoulder of the giant (i.e., of Orion) Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for Betelgeuse
Historical Examples
  • The reddish daylight swelled; Betelgeuse was rising quietly and majestically.

    Tony and the Beetles Philip K. Dick
  • It is doubtful if Betelgeuse had ever looked down upon a quainter.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • Cunningham looked alternately from her to Betelgeuse and the moon.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
  • Off to one side Betelgeuse was a baleful red eye in the shoulder of Orion.

    First on the Moon Jeff Sutton
  • And, to my eye at least, Betelgeuse is redder than Arcturus.

    Astronomical Curiosities J. Ellard Gore
  • See the arm and the club—about seven stars in a rather poor curve—beyond the red star Betelgeuse?

  • By Betelgeuse, you act as if I'd crammed those blasted tubes down their stinking little throats!

    Once a Greech Evelyn E. Smith
  • The red one has a hard name—Betelgeuse (pronounced bet-el-guz´).

  • And to make sure, draw one east from Betelgeuse about the same distance.

  • Cunningham knew only one of them by name—Betelgeuse, a red star, the apex of a triangle of which three stars formed the base.

    The Burglars' Club Henry A. Hering
British Dictionary definitions for Betelgeuse


/ˌbiːtəlˈdʒɜːz; ˈbiːtəlˌdʒɜːz/
a very remote luminous red supergiant, Alpha Orionis: the second brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star
Word Origin
C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of Orion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Betelgeuse

bright star in the shoulder of Orion, 1515, from Arabic Ibt al Jauzah "the Armpit of the Central One." Intermediary forms include Bed Elgueze, Beit Algueze.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Betelgeuse in Science
A red supergiant star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star with a brightest apparent magnitude of 0.5. Scientific name: Alpha Orionis. See Note at Rigel.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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