outer planet

[ ou-ter plan-it ]
/ ˈaʊ tər ˈplæn ɪt /

noun Astronomy.

any of the planets in our solar system whose orbits lie beyond the asteroid belt, namely, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune: before its reclassification as a dwarf planet in 2006, Pluto was included among the outer planets.



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Compare inner planet. See also giant planet.

Origin of outer planet

First recorded in 1940–45
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Example sentences from the Web for outer planet

  • I've heard of it, but as this is my first outer-planet voyage, I know nothing about it.

    The Sargasso of Space|Edmond Hamilton

British Dictionary definitions for outer planet

outer planet


any of the planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, Neptune, and (formerly) Pluto, whose orbit lies outside the asteroid belt
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Scientific definitions for outer planet

outer planet

Any of the four planets Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune, whose orbits lie outside that of Mars. The outer planets are large gas giants. Compare inner planet. See also superior planet.
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