libra

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[lahy-bruh, lee-]
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noun, plural li·brae [lahy-bree, lee-brahy] /ˈlaɪ bri, ˈli braɪ/.

the ancient Roman pound (containing 5053 grains or 327.4 grams).

Nearby words

  1. libidinal,
  2. libidinous,
  3. libido,
  4. libman-sacks endocarditis,
  5. libor ,
  6. librarian,
  7. librarianship,
  8. library,
  9. library binding,
  10. library card

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/.

Origin of libra

2
< Spanish < Latin lībra libra1

Libra

[lee-bruh, lahy-]

noun, genitive Li·brae [lee-brahy, lahy-bree] /ˈli braɪ, ˈlaɪ bri/ for 1.

Astronomy. the Balance, a zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Serpens.
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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British Dictionary definitions for libra

libra

noun plural -brae (-briː)

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)

astronomy a small faint zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere, lying between Virgo and Scorpius on the ecliptic
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

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

Science definitions for libra

Libra

[lēbrə]

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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