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Astronomer Royal

noun
  1. the chief astronomer of England, appointed by the British Crown.
  2. the chief astronomer of Scotland, director of the Royal Edinburgh Observatory.
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Origin of Astronomer Royal

First recorded in 1895–1900
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Examples from the Web for astronomer royal

Historical Examples

  • So the Astronomer-Royal thought on reading Leverrier's paper.

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  • The first astronomer-royal after Greenwich Observatory was built.

  • He is recommended to apply for information to the Astronomer-Royal.

  • An astronomer-royal, supported by a parliamentary grant, constantly resides and pursues investigations in the Observatory.

  • I gravely doubt whether the Astronomer-Royal would write the best essay on the relations between astronomy and astrology.

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British Dictionary definitions for astronomer royal

Astronomer Royal

noun
  1. an honorary title awarded to an eminent British astronomer: until 1972, the Astronomer Royal was also director of the Royal Greenwich Observatory
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