- Astronomy. the Balance, a zodiacal constellation between Virgo and Serpens.
- the seventh sign of the zodiac: the cardinal air sign.
- 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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- 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
- astronomy a small faint zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere, lying between Virgo and Scorpius on the ecliptic
- 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
- a person born under this sign
- astrology born under or characteristic of Libra
Also (for senses 2b, 3): Libran (ˈlɪbrən)
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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
- 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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