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[ saj-i-tair-ee-uh s ]
/ ˌsædʒ ɪˈtɛər i əs /

noun, genitive Sag·it·tar·i·i [saj-i-tair-ee-ahy] /ˌsædʒ ɪˈtɛər iˌaɪ/ for 1.

Astronomy. the Archer, a zodiacal constellation between Scorpius and Capricorn.
  1. the ninth sign of the zodiac: the mutable fire sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between November 22nd and December 21st; a Sagittarian.


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Origin of Sagittarius

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sagittārius archer, equivalent to sagitt(a) arrow + -ārius -ary Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sagittarius


/ (ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪəs) /

noun Latin genitive Sagittarii (ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪˌaɪ)

astronomy a large conspicuous zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Scorpius and Capricornus on the ecliptic and crossed by the Milky Way and containing the galactic centre
Also called: the Archer astrology
  1. the ninth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♐, having a mutable fire classification and ruled by the planet Jupiter. The sun is in this sign between Nov 22 and Dec 21
  2. a person born when the sun is in this sign


astrology born under or characteristic of Sagittarius
Also (for senses 2b, 3): Sagittarian (ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪən)

Word Origin for Sagittarius

C14: from Latin: an archer, from sagitta an arrow
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

Word Origin and History for sagittarius



zodiac constellation, late Old English, from Latin, literally "archer," properly "pertaining to arrows," from sagitta "arrow," which probably is from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language. Meaning "person born under Sagittarius" (properly Sagittarian) is attested from 1940. It represents a centaur drawing a bow, but to modern observers unfamiliar with either it looks vaguely like a teapot.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for sagittarius


[ săj′ĭ-târē-əs ]

A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Capricornus. Sagittarius (the Archer) is the ninth sign of the zodiac.
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