[ pen-tuh-gram ]
/ ˈpɛn təˌgræm /


a five-pointed, star-shaped figure made by extending the sides of a regular pentagon until they meet, used as an occult symbol by the Pythagoreans and later philosophers, by magicians, etc.

Origin of pentagram

From the Greek word pentágrammon, dating back to 1825–35. See penta-, -gram1
Related formspen·ta·gram·mat·ic [pen-tuh-gruh-mat-ik] /ˈpɛn tə grəˈmæt ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for pentagram


/ (ˈpɛntəˌɡræm) /


a star-shaped figure formed by extending the sides of a regular pentagon to meet at five points
such a figure used as a magical or symbolic figure by the Pythagoreans, black magicians, etc
Also called: pentacle, pentangle
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Word Origin and History for pentagram



"five-pointed star," 1820, from Greek pentagrammon, noun use of neuter of adj. pentagrammos "having five lines," from pente "five" (see five) + gramma "what is written" (see grammar).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper