- a group of stars.
- a constellation.
Examples from the Web for asterism
In mythology the asterism is personified as one of the daughters of Daksha, and wives of the moon.Nala and Damayanti and Other Poems|Henry Hart Milman
On a clear night the asterism Cerberus, the three-headed dog, which Hercules holds in his hand, can be seen.A Field Book of the Stars|William Tyler Olcott
This asterism was confessedly first taken notice of by Perez or Perseus, by which is meant the Persians.
This asterism is sometimes called Serpentarius, its Latin name, instead of its Greek.The Sailor's Word-Book|William Henry Smyth
An individual belongs to the animal to which the asterism under which he was born belongs.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
British Dictionary definitions for asterism
Word Origin for asterism
Word Origin and History for asterism
1590s, "a constellation, a group of stars," from Greek asterismos "a marking with stars," from aster "star" (see astro-). Any grouping of stars, whether a constellation or not (though in modern use, usually the latter). The "Big Dipper" is an asterism, not a constellation.