[ buh-ley-triks ]
/ bəˈleɪ trɪks /

noun Astronomy.

a blue-white giant star in the constellation Orion, with apparent magnitude +1.63.

Origin of Bellatrix

< Medieval Latin, Latin bellātrīx martial, waging war, equivalent to bellā(re) to wage war, (verbal derivative of bellum war) + -trīx -trix; apparently by association with bellātor a name for Orion (Latin: warrior), though precise connection with this star unexplained Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bellatrix


/ (ˈbɛlətrɪks) /


the third brightest star in the constellation Orion
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bellatrix


bright star in the left shoulder of Orion, from Latin bellatrix "a female warrior," frequently used as an adjective, "warlike, skilled in war," fem. of bellator "to wage war," from bellum "war" (see bellicose). The Latin name, from the Alfonsine Tables (mid-13c.), very loosely translates the Arabic name for the star, Al Najid "the conqueror."

In astrology it was the natal star of all destined to great civil or military honors, and rendered women born under its influence lucky and loquacious; or as old Thomas Hood said, "Women born under this constellation shall have mighty tongues." [Allen]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper