plural noun, genitive Gem·i·no·rum [jem-uh-nawr-uhm, -nohr-] /ˌdʒɛm əˈnɔr əm, -ˈnoʊr-/ for 1.
- the third sign of the zodiac: the mutable air sign.
- a person born under this sign, usually between May 21st and June 20th.
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Origin of Gemini
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What does Gemini mean?
Gemini is the name of a constellation that is interpreted as representing a pair of twins. It is sometimes referred to as the Twins.
A constellation is a group of stars that appear near each other in the sky—especially a group that has been given a name. Gemini is considered one of the 12 zodiacal constellations—constellations that appear within a particular portion of the sky called the zodiac.
In astronomy, the zodiac is the band of sky along which the paths of the sun, the moon, and the planets appear to move.
Despite its basis in astronomy, the word zodiac is mainly associated with and most often used in the context of astrology, the nonscientific practice in which the positions of heavenly bodies at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. In astrology, zodiac refers to a diagram (often a circular one) representing the zodiac belt and showing the symbols associated with each of the 12 constellations or sections, which are called the signs of the zodiac. Gemini is one of these signs. It is situated between Taurus and Cancer and is considered the third sign of the zodiac.
The position of the sun in a particular portion of the zodiac at the moment of a person’s birth is thought to correlate with their personality. This is what people are referring to when they talk about their zodiac sign (or star sign or often just sign). People whose sign is Gemini are those born between May 21 and June 20.
The word Gemini can be used as a noun to refer to someone who is born during this time, as in I was born in late May, so I’m a Gemini. The word Geminian can be used to mean the same thing. It can also be used as an adjective form of Gemini.
The constellation is linked to the classical myth of the twins Castor and Pollux. The two brightest stars in Gemini are named after them.
Gemini is also the name of a 1960s NASA program that involved multiple launches of a two-person spacecraft in preparation for the Apollo moon landings.
Example: Even though I’m a Gemini, I don’t fit into the charismatic Gemini stereotype.
Where does Gemini come from?
The first records of the word Gemini in English come from the 1300s. It comes from the Latin geminī, plural of geminus, meaning “twin.”
In astrology, the different signs of the zodiac are thought to be associated with certain personality traits. People whose sign is Gemini are said to be charismatic and resourceful and to sometimes have a dual nature (in parallel with the twin stars of the constellation). Gemini and the other signs of the zodiac are often used in the context of a person’s horoscope. The word horoscope can refer to a diagram of the heavens that maps the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac. It can also refer to a prediction based (or said to be based) on a person’s sign and the location of other celestial bodies at the time they were born.
Get more insight into what really defines a Gemini by visiting our article on the many traits of Gemini.
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What are some other forms related to Gemini?
- Geminian (noun, adjective)
What are some synonyms for Gemini?
- the Twins
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How is Gemini used in real life?
The word Gemini is used to refer to the constellation or the sign of the zodiac named after the constellation. In the context of astrology, people associate a number of different traits with the sign Gemini.
Planetary nebula NGC 2392 is located about 4,000 light years from Earth in the constellation #Gemini. The hot core of this dying star has a surface temperature of about 50,000 degrees Celsius and it's ejecting its outer layers at roughly 6 million kilometers per hour. pic.twitter.com/sVAhAwosqH
— Chandra Observatory (@chandraxray) September 25, 2020
what's your astrological sign? I'm a gemini ♊
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Hating geminis is not a personality trait. Hi geminis ily. Too much gemini slander on tiktok today.
— Mason🌱🕯🌚 (@Masonbaaane) March 4, 2021
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People with the sign Gemini are those born between May 21 and June 20.
Example sentences from the Web for Gemini
The Gemini and Apollo programs were opened up to civilian applicants, raised the height barrier to 6 feet, took applicants no older than 35, and put a bigger emphasis on educational background.This is how (almost) anyone can train to be an astronaut|Neel Patel|March 24, 2021|MIT Technology Review
To see the show, though, you don’t need to know where Gemini is nor do you need a telescope.December’s stunning Geminid meteor shower is born from a humble asteroid|Ken Croswell|December 2, 2020|Science News
Gemini Club has been known to make danceable electro-pop, but this video is a bit more somber.Robin Thicke, Jay Z & More Best Music Videos of the Week (VIDEO)|Victoria Kezra|August 31, 2013|DAILY BEAST
GEMINI Now is about developing new means for expressing yourself.
Taurus engages in some PDA, Gemini acts as an anchor, and Leo embarks on a fantastic voyage.
GEMINI Of all the signs, we could have the most concern for you now.
Taurus repackages an existing creative streak, Gemini gets philosophical, and Virgo thinks positive.
The tower of Cyllenius, or mansion of Mercury, is the sign Gemini; see note to l. 29.
At last, he got so near that he was able to 'see' or get a glimpse of his mansion Gemini, which was not so very far ahead of him.
She was now in Gemini, and therefore halfway from her exaltation to her depression.
We thus see that the cave here mentioned is a name for the second degree of the sign Gemini.
“Why, here are the Gemini,” Judy continued, embracing the Williams sisters.Molly Brown's Junior Days|Nell Speed
British Dictionary definitions for Gemini
noun Latin genitive Geminorum (ˌdʒɛmɪˈnɔːrəm)
- Also called: the Twins the third sign of the zodiac, symbol ♊, having a mutable air classification and ruled by the planet Mercury. The sun is in this sign between about May 21 and June 20
- a person born when the sun is in this sign