[ al-muh-jest ]
/ ˈæl məˌdʒɛst /


(italics) a Greek work on astronomy by Ptolemy.
(lowercase) any of various medieval works of a like kind, as on astrology or alchemy.

Origin of Almagest

1350–1400; Middle English almageste < Middle French < Arabic al the + majisṭī < Greek megístē (sýntaxis) greatest (composition) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for almagest

/ (ˈælməˌdʒɛst) /


a work on astronomy compiled by Ptolemy in the 2nd century a.d containing a description of the geocentric system of the universe and a star catalogue
(sometimes not capital) any of various similar medieval treatises on astrology, astronomy, or alchemy

Word Origin for Almagest

C14: from Old French, from Arabic al-majisti, from al the + majisti, from Greek megistē greatest (treatise)
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