- a diagram of the heavens, showing the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac, for use in calculating births, foretelling events in a person's life, etc.
- a prediction of future events or advice for future behavior based on such a diagram.
Origin of horoscope
Examples from the Web for horoscope
Unmistakably then it was fate that had cast the horoscope of his and Allis's life together.Thoroughbreds
W. A. Fraser
That's my horoscope, and after that the solar system may be ripe for picking.The Stark Munro Letters
J. Stark Munro
Standing by me she asked if I had thought about her horoscope.
I obtained this favour, and I then gave Madame Morin the horoscope.
He thinks, I may not live to behold much of this, but would like to see a cast of his horoscope.Oswald Langdon
Carson Jay Lee
- the prediction of a person's future based on a comparison of the zodiacal data for the time of birth with the data from the period under consideration
- the configuration of the planets, the sun, and the moon in the sky at a particular moment
- Also called: chart a diagram showing the positions of the planets, sun, moon, etc, at a particular time and place
Word Origin and History for horoscope
c.1050, horoscopus, from Latin horoscopus; the modern form is considered to be a mid-16c. reborrowing via Middle French horoscope. Ultimately from Greek horoskopos "nativity, horoscope," also "one who casts a horoscope," from hora "hour" (see year) + skopos "watching" (see scope (n.1)), in reference to the hour of one's birth.