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noun, genitive Au·ri·gae [aw-rahy-jee] /ɔˈraɪ dʒi/. Astronomy.
  1. the Charioteer, a northern constellation between Perseus and Gemini, containing the bright star Capella.
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Origin of Auriga

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin: charioteer
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Examples from the Web for auriga

Historical Examples

  • Capella is lo-cat-ed in the con-stell-a-tion which you call Auriga.

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • The constellation of Auriga may next command our attention (map No. 5).

  • I twas situated in the constellation of Auriga, and was noticed on February 1.

  • In January, 1892, a new star was suddenly seen in the constellation Auriga.

    Curiosities of the Sky

    Garrett Serviss

  • The star β is common to Auriga and Taurus, being the former's right foot and the latter's northern horn.

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott

British Dictionary definitions for auriga


noun Latin genitive Aurigae (ɔːˈraɪdʒiː)
  1. a conspicuous constellation in the N hemisphere between the Great Bear and Orion, at the edge of the Milky Way. It contains the first magnitude star Capella and the supergiant eclipsing binary star Epsilon Aurigae
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Word Origin

Latin: charioteer
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Word Origin and History for auriga


northern constellation, from Latin auriga "a charioteer, driver," from aureae "bridle of a horse" (from os, genitive oris, "mouth;" see oral) + agere "set in motion, drive, lead" (see act (n.)).

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auriga in Science


  1. A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Gemini and Perseus. Auriga (the Charioteer) contains the bright star Capella.
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