[ koz-mog-uh-nee ]
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noun,plural cos·mog·o·nies.
  1. a theory or story of the origin and development of the universe, the solar system, or the earth-moon system.

Origin of cosmogony

First recorded in 1860–65, cosmogony is from the Greek word kosmogonía creation of the world. See cosmo-, -gony

Other words from cosmogony

  • cos·mog·o·nal, cos·mo·gon·ic [koz-muh-gon-ik], /ˌkɒz məˈgɒn ɪk/, cos·mo·gon·i·cal, adjective
  • cos·mog·o·nist, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cosmogony in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cosmogony


/ (kɒzˈmɒɡənɪ) /

nounplural -nies
  1. the study of the origin and development of the universe or of a particular system in the universe, such as the solar system

  2. a theory of such an origin or evolution

Origin of cosmogony

C17: from Greek kosmogonia, from cosmo- + gonos creation

Derived forms of cosmogony

  • cosmogonal, adjective
  • cosmogonic (ˌkɒzməˈɡɒnɪk) or cosmogonical, adjective
  • cosmogonist, noun

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Scientific definitions for cosmogony


[ kŏz-mŏgə-nē ]

  1. The branch of cosmology that studies the origin of the universe and the larger objects found within it, such as the solar system.

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