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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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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

Word Origin for Auriga

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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