[sek-stil, -stahyl]


Astronomy. noting or pertaining to the aspect or position of two heavenly bodies when 60° distant from each other.


Astronomy. a sextile position or aspect.
Astrology. a sextile position or aspect, conducive to mental stimulation.
Statistics. a quantile for the special case of six equal proportions.

Origin of sextile

1550–60; < Latin sextīlis, equivalent to sext(us) sixth + -īlis -ile Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of sextile

Historical Examples of sextile

  • Accidental dignities are when a planet is swift in motion, angular or in sextile aspect with Jupiter or Venus.

  • Mercury in trine or sextile to the Moon gives the capacity for acquiring foreign languages.

  • Saturn in trine or sextile to Venus shows much power of attachment to wife and family.

  • Now all planets are afraid of the conjunction of the sun, rejoicing in the trine, and sextile aspect thereof.

    Scientific Studies

    Henry Dircks

  • He also changed the name of one of the summer months from Sextile to July, in honor of himself.

    Young Folks' History of Rome

    Charlotte Mary Yonge

British Dictionary definitions for sextile



statistics one of five actual or notional values of a variable dividing its distribution into six groups with equal frequencies
astrology astronomy an aspect or position of 60° between two planets or other celestial bodies

Word Origin for sextile

C16: from Latin sextīlis one sixth (of a circle), from sextus sixth
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Word Origin and History for sextile

1550s (adj.), "at a distance of 60 degrees;" 1590s (n.); from Latin sextilis (adj.) "the sixth," from sextus "sixth" (ordinal number; see Sextus).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper