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noun, genitive Tau·ri [tawr-ahy] /ˈtɔr aɪ/ for 1.
Astronomy. the Bull, a zodiacal constellation between Gemini and Aries, containing the bright star Aldebaran.
  1. the second sign of the zodiac: the fixed earth sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between April 20th and May 20th.
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Origin of Taurus

1350–1400; Middle English <Latin

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What does Taurus mean?

Taurus is the name of a constellation that’s interpreted as resembling a bull. It is sometimes referred to as the Bull.

A constellation is a group of stars that appear near each other in the sky—especially a group that has been given a name. Taurus is considered one of the 12 zodiacal constellations—constellations that appear within a particular portion of the sky called the zodiac.

In astronomy, the zodiac is the band of sky along which the paths of the sun, the moon, and the planets appear to move.

Despite its basis in astronomy, the word zodiac is mainly associated with and most often used in the context of astrology, the nonscientific practice in which the positions of heavenly bodies at certain times are thought to influence or be correlated with human behavior and events. In astrology, zodiac refers to a diagram (often a circular one) representing the zodiac belt and showing the symbols associated with each of the 12 constellations or sections, which are called the signs of the zodiac. Taurus is one of these signs. It is situated between Aries and Gemini and is considered the second sign of the zodiac.

The other signs of the zodiac are Cancer, Leo, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn, Aquarius, and Pisces.

The position of the sun in a particular portion of the zodiac at the moment of a person’s birth is thought to correlate with their personality. This is what people are referring to when they talk about their zodiac sign (or star sign or often just sign). People whose sign is Taurus are those born between April 20 and May 20.

The word Taurus can be used as a noun to refer to someone who is born during this time, as in I was born in late April, so I’m a Taurus. The word Taurean can be used to mean the same thing. It can also be used as an adjective form of Taurus.

Example: My favorite constellation is Taurus, and not just because I’m a Taurus!

Taurus dates

People with the sign Taurus are traditionally considered to be those born in the range of April 20–May 20. However, interpretations vary.

Where does Taurus come from?

The first records of the word Taurus in English come from the late 1300s. It comes from the Latin word meaning “bull.”

In astrology, the different signs of the zodiac are thought to be associated with certain personality traits. Traits associated with Taurus include stubbornness and devotion. Taurus and the other signs of the zodiac are often used in the context of a person’s horoscope. The word horoscope can refer to a diagram of the heavens that maps the relative position of planets and the signs of the zodiac. It can also refer to a prediction based (or said to be based) on a person’s sign and the location of other celestial bodies at the time they were born.

In Greek mythology, Taurus is linked to the story of Zeus transforming himself into a white bull.


Get more insight into what really defines a Taurus by visiting our article on the many traits for Taurus.

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What are some other forms related to Taurus?

  • Taurean (noun, adjective)

What are some synonyms for Taurus?

  • the Bull
  • Taurean

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How is Taurus used in real life?

The word Taurus is used to refer to the constellation or the sign of the zodiac named after the constellation. In the context of astrology, people associate a number of different traits with the sign Taurus.

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People with the sign Taurus are those born between April 20 and May 20.

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British Dictionary definitions for Taurus

/ (ˈtɔːrəs) /

noun Latin genitive Tauri (ˈtɔːraɪ)
astronomy a zodiacal constellation in the N hemisphere lying close to Orion and between Aries and Gemini. It contains the star Aldebaran, the star clusters Hyades and Pleiades, and the Crab Nebula
  1. Also called: the Bull the second sign of the zodiac, symbol ♉, having a fixed earth classification and ruled by the planet Venus. The sun is in this sign between about April 20 and May 20
  2. a person born when the sun is in this sign
born under or characteristic of Taurus
Also (for senses 2b, 3): Taurean (ˈtɔːrɪən, tɔːˈrɪən)

Word Origin for Taurus

C14: from Latin: bull
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Scientific definitions for Taurus

[ tôrəs ]

A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Orion and Aries. Taurus (the Bull) contains the bright star Aldebaran and the grouping known as the Pleiades. It is the second sign of the zodiac.
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