Astronomy. a first-magnitude star in the constellation Auriga.

Origin of Capella

1675–85; < Latin: literally, she-goat, equivalent to cap(ra) she-goat + -ella diminutive suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of capella

  • This reredos is in the chapel on the south of the Capella Mor.

    Portuguese Architecture

    Walter Crum Watson

  • "We have come to you from Capella," he said with some exultation.

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

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

    Jubilation, U.S.A.

    G. L. Vandenburg

  • Capella is visible at some hour of every clear night throughout the year.

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott

  • But whatever happens, Tommy, stay with the ship and go on to Capella.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

British Dictionary definitions for capella



the brightest star in the constellation Auriga; it is a yellow giant and a spectroscopic binary. Visual magnitude: 0.08; spectral type: G6III and G2III; distance: 42 light years

Word Origin for Capella

C17: New Latin, from Latin, diminutive of capra she-goat, from caper goat
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Word Origin and History for capella


bright northern star, the alpha of the constellation Auriga, by 17c., from Latin capella, literally "little she-goat" (Greek kinesai kheimonas), diminutive of capra "she-goat," fem. of caper "goat."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

capella in Science



A binary star in the constellation Auriga. It is one of the brightest stars in the night sky, with an apparent magnitude of 0.08. Scientifc name: Alpha Auriga.
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