libra

1
[lahy-bruh, lee-]
noun, plural li·brae [lahy-bree, lee-brahy] /ˈlaɪ bri, ˈli braɪ/.
  1. the ancient Roman pound (containing 5053 grains or 327.4 grams).

Origin of libra

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1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lībra

libra

2
[lee-vrah]
noun, plural li·bras [lee-vrahs] /ˈli vrɑs/.
  1. sol3(def 2).

Origin of libra

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< Spanish < Latin lībra libra1

Libra

[lee-bruh, lahy-]
noun, genitive Li·brae [lee-brahy, lahy-bree] /ˈli braɪ, ˈlaɪ bri/ for 1.
  1. Astronomy. the Balance, a zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Serpens.
  2. Astrology.
    1. the seventh sign of the zodiac: the cardinal air sign.
    2. Also Li·bran.a person born under this sign, usually between September 23rd and October 22nd.

Origin of Libra

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin lībra literally, pair of scales, libra1
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Contemporary Examples of libra

  • Why in the world have I waited till the day your Libra gets its nihil obstat from Christopher Lemondrop* to send you a note.

  • BORN THIS WEEK Viggo Mortensen (October 20, 1958) Libra is the cardinal-air sign, which translates to light.

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    October 15, 2011

  • Libra women embody this ancient goddess, self-entitled to cast their judgments as instruments of justice.

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    October 9, 2011

  • Control issues come into focus as Saturn forms a cluster in Libra with Venus, Mercury and the Sun.

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    October 2, 2011

  • Be on guard, especially, against co-dependence—a Libra pitfall.

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    September 24, 2011

Historical Examples of libra


British Dictionary definitions for libra

libra

noun plural -brae (-briː)
  1. an ancient Roman unit of weight corresponding to 1 pound, but equal to about 12 ounces

Word Origin for libra

C14: from Latin, literally: scales

Libra

noun Latin genitive Librae (ˈliːbriː)
  1. astronomy a small faint zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere, lying between Virgo and Scorpius on the ecliptic
  2. astrology
    1. Also called: the Scales, the Balancethe seventh sign of the zodiac, symbol ♎, having a cardinal air classification and ruled by the planet Venus. The sun is in this sign between about Sept 23 and Oct 22
    2. a person born under this sign
adjective
  1. astrology born under or characteristic of Libra
Also (for senses 2b, 3): Libran (ˈlɪbrən)
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Word Origin and History for libra

Libra

n.

zodiac constellation, late Old English, from Latin libra, literally "pound, balance," from Mediterranean base *lithra- "a scale." Nativized in Old Norse as skala-merki.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

libra in Science

Libra

[lēbrə]
  1. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. Libra (the Scales or Balance) is the seventh sign of the zodiac.
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