[ lahy-bruh, lee- ]
/ ˈlaɪ brə, ˈli- /
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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).
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Origin of libra1
1350–1400; Middle English <Latin lībra
Definition for libra (2 of 3)
[ lee-vrah ]
/ ˈli vrɑ /
noun, plural li·bras [lee-vrahs]. /ˈli vrɑs/.
Origin of libra2
<Spanish <Latin lībralibra1
Definition for libra (3 of 3)
[ lee-bruh, lahy- ]
/ ˈli brə, ˈlaɪ- /
noun, genitive Li·brae [lee-brahy, lahy-bree] /ˈli braɪ, ˈlaɪ bri/ for 1.
Astronomy. the Balance, a zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Serpens.
- the seventh sign of the zodiac: the cardinal air sign.
- Also Libran. 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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With the New Libran Moon on Tuesday, adventure is in the air, whetting your Leo appetite, which has recently been lagging.
British Dictionary definitions for libra (1 of 2)
/ (ˈlaɪbrə) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for libra (2 of 2)
/ (ˈliːbrə) /
noun Latin genitive Librae (ˈliːbriː)
astronomy a small faint zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere, lying between Virgo and Scorpius on the ecliptic
- Also called: the Scales, the Balance the 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
- a person born under this sign
astrology born under or characteristic of Libra
Also (for senses 2b, 3): Libran (ˈlɪbrən)
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Scientific definitions for libra
[ lē′brə ]
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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