a spherical celestial body revolving about the sun, similar to a planet but not large enough to gravitationally clear its orbital region of most or all other celestial bodies. Pluto is a dwarf planet.
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First recorded in 1990–95
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British Dictionary definitions for dwarf planet
any celestial body within the solar system that is larger than a satellite but smaller than a planet, and that orbits the sun
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