noun, plural gal·ax·ies.
- a large system of stars held together by mutual gravitation and isolated from similar systems by vast regions of space.
- (usually initial capital letter) Milky Way.
Origin of galaxy
Examples from the Web for galaxy
Compare that to Guardians of the Galaxy which opened in Korea on July 31.Propaganda, Protest, and Poisonous Vipers: The Cinema War in Korea|Rich Goldstein|December 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Pratt, of course, just exploded with Guardians of the Galaxy and the upcoming lead in Jurassic World.Exclusive: Sony Emails Reveal Channing Tatum and Chris Pratt’s Plans For ‘Ghostbusters’ Film|William Boot|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He says he has yet to experience any negative feedback from the galaxy of Whovians.Doctor Who: It’s Time For a Black, Asian, or Woman Doctor|Nico Hines|December 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Xiaomi smartphones and Samsung Galaxy tablets captured photos of the warplanes in action before the shots were uploaded to Weibo.
A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, the NFL was in crisis.
He had behaved like a primitive rather than a member of one of the oldest human civilizations in the galaxy.The Lani People|J. F. Bone
Maskull, who walked on Sullenbode's right hand, looked constantly to the left, toward the galaxy of glorious distant peaks.A Voyage to Arcturus|David Lindsay
And every company in the Galaxy, be it monstrous huge or piddling small, made a mad rush to be first on the scene.Conquest Over Time|Michael Shaara
The lecturer was evidently the same individual as the writer for the Galaxy.
Yet all of you together are only one tiny drop in the quadrillions of the Galaxy.The Chapter Ends|Poul William Anderson
British Dictionary definitions for galaxy (1 of 2)
noun plural -axies
Word Origin for galaxy
British Dictionary definitions for galaxy (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for galaxy
late 14c., from Old French galaxie, from Late Latin galaxias "Milky Way," from Greek galaxias (adj.), in galaxias kyklos, literally "milky circle," from gala (genitive galaktos) "milk" (see lactation). The technical astronomical sense emerged 1848. Figurative sense of "brilliant assembly of persons" is from 1580s. Milky Way is a translation of Latin via lactea.
See yonder, lo, the Galaxyë Which men clepeth the Milky Wey, For hit is whyt. [Chaucer, "House of Fame"]
Astronomers began to speculate by mid-19c. that some of the spiral nebulae they could see in telescopes were actually immense and immensely distant structures the size and shape of the Milky Way. But the matter was not settled until the 1920s.
Science definitions for galaxy
Culture definitions for galaxy
A large, self-contained mass of stars.