[ kap-ri-kawrn ]
/ ˈkæp rɪˌkɔrn /


Astronomy. the Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.
  1. the tenth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal earth sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between December 22nd and January 19th.
tropic of. See under tropic(def 1a).
Also Capricornus (for defs 1, 2).

Origin of Capricorn

1350–1400; Middle English Capricorne < Latin Capricornus (translation of Greek aigókerōs goat-horned), equivalent to capri- capri- + corn(u) horn + -us adj. suffix Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for capricorn

/ (ˈkæprɪˌkɔːn) /


  1. Also called: the Goat, Capricornus the tenth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♑, having a cardinal earth classification and ruled by the planet Saturn. The sun is in this sign between about Dec 22 and Jan 19
  2. a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign
astronomy another name for Capricornus
tropic of Capricorn See tropic (def. 1)


astrology born under or characteristic of Capricorn
Also (for senses 1b, 4): Capricornean (ˌkæprɪˈkɔːnɪən)

Word Origin for Capricorn

C14: from Latin Capricornus (translating Greek aigokerōs goat-horned), from caper goat + cornū horn
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

Science definitions for capricorn

[ kăprĭ-kôrn′ ]
Capricornus (kăp′rĭ-kôrnəs)

A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Sagittarius. Capricorn (the Goat) is the tenth sign of the zodiac.
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