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[vee-guh, vey-]
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  1. Astronomy. a star of the first magnitude in the constellation Lyra.

Origin of Vega1

1630–40; < Medieval Latin < Arabic (al-nasr-al-) wāqiʿ (the) falling (eagle), orig. designating the three stars Alpha, Epsilon and Zeta Lyrae


[vey-guh; Spanish be-gah]
  1. Lo·pe de [law-pe th e] /ˈlɔ pɛ ðɛ/, Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet.
  2. Garcilaso de la Vega.

Las Vegas

[lahs vey-guh s]
  1. a city in SE Nevada.
  2. a city in central New Mexico.
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  • I have no right to run that of Vegas y Libertad into a noose as well.

    The Key to Yesterday

    Charles Neville Buck

  • And someone else—the gang that captured you—gets it at Steamboat and takes it to Vegas.

    The Scarlet Lake Mystery

    Harold Leland Goodwin

  • Hence he sending for Stuart to come and see him in "Vegas" on important business.

    A Texas Cow Boy

    Chas. A. Siringo

  • Stuart arrived finally; he came in a buggy with a gentleman from "Vegas."

    A Texas Cow Boy

    Chas. A. Siringo

  • He driv along from Hocradle caon with 'em on the road from Vegas.

    Heart's Desire

    Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for vegas

Las Vegas

  1. a city in SE Nevada: famous for luxury hotels and casinos. Pop: 517 017 (2003 est)


  1. the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and one of the most conspicuous in the N hemisphere. It is part of an optical double star having a faint companion. Distance: 25.3 light years; spectral type: A0V

Word Origin

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic (al nasr) al wāqi, literally: the falling (vulture), that is, the constellation Lyra


  1. See Lope de Vega
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Word Origin and History for vegas



1638, bright northern star, the alpha of Lyra, from Arabic (Al Nasr) al Waqi translated variously as "the eagle of the desert" or "the falling vulture."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vegas in Science


[vēgə, vāgə]
  1. A star in the constellation Lyra and one of the five brightest stars in the night sky. It is a white main-sequence star in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, with an apparent magnitude of 0.04. Vega, along with Altair and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Lyra.
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vegas in Culture

Las Vegas

City in southern Nevada.


A famous gambling and entertainment center.
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