or Be·tel·geux

[ beet-l-jooz, bet-l-jœz ]
/ ˈbit lˌdʒuz, ˈbɛt lˌdʒœz /

noun Astronomy.

a first-magnitude red supergiant in the constellation Orion.

Origin of Betelgeuse

1790–1800; < French < Arabic bīt al jauzāʾ shoulder of the giant (i.e., of Orion) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for betelgeuse



/ (ˌbiːtəlˈdʒɜːz, ˈbiːtəlˌdʒɜːz) /


a very remote luminous red supergiant, Alpha Orionis: the second brightest star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star

Word Origin for Betelgeuse

C18: from French, from Arabic bīt al-jauzā' literally: shoulder of the giant, that is, of 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 betelgeuse


bright star in the shoulder of Orion, 1515, from Arabic Ibt al Jauzah "the Armpit of the Central One." Intermediary forms include Bed Elgueze, Beit Algueze.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for betelgeuse


[ bētl-jōōz′ ]

A red supergiant star in the constellation Orion. It is a variable star with a brightest apparent magnitude of 0.5. Scientific name: Alpha Orionis. See Note at Rigel.
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