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  1. Astronomy. the Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.
  2. Astrology.
    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.
  3. tropic of. See under tropic(def 1a).
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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
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Related Words

cancer, Aquarius, Aries, Capricorn, Gemini, leo, Libra, Pisces, Sagittarius, Scorpio, Taurus, Virgo

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  • In truth, he pined after the Capricorn—I don't mean only the tropic; I mean the ship too.


    Joseph Conrad

  • When he had sailed beyond the tropic of Capricorn, a severe storm arose.

  • His horoscope showed that he was born under the sign of Capricorn.

  • His last journey extended a little beyond the tropic of Capricorn.

    The Bird

    Jules Michelet

  • Capricorn is indeed a capricious creature like a cockatrice with horns.


    W. R. Lethaby

British Dictionary definitions for capricorn


  1. astrology
    1. Also called: the Goat, Capricornusthe 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
  2. astronomy another name for Capricornus
  3. tropic of Capricorn See tropic (def. 1)
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  1. astrology born under or characteristic of Capricorn
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Also (for senses 1b, 4): Capricornean (ˌkæprɪˈkɔːnɪən)

Word Origin

C14: from Latin Capricornus (translating Greek aigokerōs goat-horned), from caper goat + cornū horn
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Word Origin and History for capricorn


zodiac sign, late Old English, from Latin Capricornus, literally "horned like a goat," from caper (genitive capri) "goat" (see cab) + cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)); a loan-translation of Greek Aigokheros, the name of the constellation. Extended 1894 to persons born under the sign.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

capricorn in Science


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