[sen-tawr-uh s]

noun, genitive Cen·tau·ri [sen-tawr-ahy] /sɛnˈtɔr aɪ/.

Astronomy. the Centaur, a southern constellation between Lupus and Vela, containing the triple-star system Alpha Centauri.

Origin of Centaurus

From Latin; see origin at centaur
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Historical Examples of centauri

  • I say it must be a pretty important appointment you have on Centauri.

    Equation of Doom

    Gerald Vance

  • Latitude by Centauri and Arcturus 15 degrees 18 minutes 33 seconds.

  • Latitude by b Centauri, a Centauri and Arcturus 15 degrees 33 minutes 13 seconds.

  • As the beard disappeared, he considered the deals he had come to Centauri to put through.

    Satellite System

    Horace Brown Fyfe

  • It would be another five days before he reached the inhabited moons of Centauri VI.

    Satellite System

    Horace Brown Fyfe

British Dictionary definitions for centauri


noun Latin genitive Centauri (sɛnˈtɔːraɪ)

a conspicuous extensive constellation in the S hemisphere, close to the Southern Cross, that contains two first magnitude stars, Alpha Centauri and Beta Centauri, and the globular cluster Omega CentauriAlso called: The Centaur
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centauri in Science



A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near the Southern Cross and Libra. Centaurus (the Centaur) contains Alpha Centauri, the star nearest Earth.
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