[air-eez, -ee-eez]

noun, genitive A·ri·e·tis [uh-rahy-i-tis] /əˈraɪ ɪ tɪs/.

Astronomy. the Ram, a zodiacal constellation between Pisces and Taurus.
  1. the first sign of the zodiac: the cardinal fire sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between March 21st and April 19th.

Origin of Aries

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: ram Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of aries

  • Her firm, Aries Petra Consulting, made $38,000 for speechwriting.

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  • ARIES The Sun in Scorpio brings to light the ways you connect deeply with other people and “the all.”

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    October 22, 2011

  • ARIES Coming out of an info-gathering phase, you must put down emotional roots lest you get lost in spinning thoughts.

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    October 15, 2011

  • ARIES Relationships pose challenges but present chances for growth.

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    The Stars Predict Your Week

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    September 24, 2011

  • ARIES Hold firm to principles, especially when negotiating joint financial deals or partnerships.

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    What the Stars Predict for Your Week

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    August 20, 2011

Historical Examples of aries

British Dictionary definitions for aries


noun Latin genitive Arietis (əˈraɪɪtɪs)

astronomy a small zodiacal constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Taurus and Pisces on the ecliptic and having a second-magnitude star
  1. Also called: the Ramthe first sign of the zodiac, symbol ♈, having a cardinal fire classification, ruled by the planet Mars. The sun is in this sign between about March 21 and April 19
  2. a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign


astrology born under or characteristic of Aries
Also (for senses 2b, 3): Arien (ˈɛərɪən)

Word Origin for Aries

C14: from Latin: ram
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for aries


zodiac constellation usually identified as "the Ram," late Old English, from Latin aires "ram" (cf. arietare "to butt"), from a PIE root meaning "spring, jump" (cf. Lithuanian erytis, Old Church Slavonic jarici, Armenian oroj "lamb;" Greek eriphos, Old Irish heirp "kid"). Meaning "person born under the sign of Aries" is from 1894; they also have been called Arian (1917).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Taurus and Pisces. Aries (the Ram) is the first sign of the zodiac.
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