[ aw-rahy-guh ]

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.

Origin of Auriga

1400–50; late Middle English <Latin: charioteer

Words Nearby Auriga Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use Auriga in a sentence

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

    Jubilation, U.S.A. | G. L. Vandenburg
  • And so at other times in actis and Verba m'ri Alani de Auriga.

  • But the splendid star Capella, in the constellation Auriga, may claim a moment's attention.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass | Garrett Putman Serviss
  • It is common to the left horn of Taurus and the right foot of Auriga, who is represented standing just above.

    Astronomy with an Opera-glass | Garrett Putman Serviss
  • Fomalhaut and Capella, in Auriga, rise almost exactly at the same minute.

    A Field Book of the Stars | William Tyler Olcott

British Dictionary definitions for Auriga


/ (ɔːˈraɪɡə) /

nounLatin 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

Origin of Auriga

Latin: charioteer

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Scientific definitions for Auriga


[ ô-rī ]

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

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