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Aquarian

[ uh-kwair-ee-uhn ]
/ əˈkwɛər i ən /
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adjective

Also Aquarius. of or relating to Aquarius, or to the Age of Aquarius.

noun

Astrology. a person born under Aquarius, the eleventh sign of the zodiac; an Aquarius.

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Origin of Aquarian

First recorded in 1965–70; Aquari(us) + -an
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What does Aquarian mean?

An Aquarian is someone whose zodiac sign is Aquarius.

Aquarian can also be used as an adjective to describe something related to the zodiac sign or to the constellation that it’s named for.

The constellation Aquarius is a group of stars thought to resemble a person carrying a bucket of water. It is sometimes called the Water Bearer or the Water Carrier. Aquarius is considered one of the 12 zodiacal constellations—constellations that appear within a particular portion of the sky called the zodiac.

In astronomy, the zodiac is the band of sky along which the paths of the sun, the moon, and the planets appear to move.

Despite its basis in astronomy, the word zodiac is mainly associated with and most often used in the context of astrology, the nonscientific practice in which the positions of heavenly bodies at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. In astrology, zodiac refers to a diagram (often a circular one) representing the zodiac belt and showing the symbols associated with each of the 12 constellations or sections, which are called the signs of the zodiac. Aquarius is one of these signs. It is situated between Capricorn and Pisces and is considered the eleventh sign of the zodiac.

The position of the sun in a particular portion of the zodiac at the moment of a person’s birth is thought to correlate with their personality. This is what people are referring to when they talk about their zodiac sign (or star sign or often just sign). A person whose sign is Aquarius has a birthday between January 20 and February 18. They can be called an Aquarius or an Aquarian.

Example: I never knew I was an Aquarian until my friend looked up my sign.

Where does Aquarian come from?

The first records of the word Aquarian in the context of astrology come from the 1900s. It is an adjective form of the word Aquarius, which is taken directly from Latin, in which it means “water carrier,” from the Latin root aqua, meaning “water.”

In astrology, the different signs of the zodiac are thought to be associated with certain personality traits. Aquarians are thought to be creative and confident.

The term age of Aquarius is used in the context of astrology to refer to an era believed to bring increased spirituality and harmony in the world. Things associated with or related to this can be described as Aquarian.

Get more insight into what really defines an Aquarius by visiting our article on the many traits of Aquarians.

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How is Aquarian used in real life?

In the context of astrology, a person born between January 20 and February 18 is most likely to identify as an Aquarius, but some use Aquarian to mean the same thing.

 

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