[vee-guh, vey-]

Origin of Vega

1630–40; < Medieval Latin < Arabic (al-nasr-al-) wāqiʿ (the) falling (eagle), orig. designating the three stars Alpha, Epsilon and Zeta Lyrae


[vey-guh; Spanish be-gah]
  1. Lo·pe de [law-pe th e] /ˈlɔ pɛ ðɛ/, Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet.
  2. Garcilaso de la Vega.

de Vega

[duh vey-guh; Spanish de be-gah]
  1. Lo·pe [loh-pey, -pee; Spanish law-pe] /ˈloʊ peɪ, -pi; Spanish ˈlɔ pɛ/, Lope Félix de Vega Carpio, 1562–1635, Spanish dramatist and poet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for vega

Contemporary Examples of vega

Historical Examples of vega

  • By meridian altitudes of sun, Lyrae (Vega), 32 degrees 15 minutes.

  • Above him was the enormous triangle formed by Deneb, Vega, and Altair.

  • The brilliant Vega will be seen about overhead, 12° southwest of the Dragon's head.

    A Field Book of the Stars

    William Tyler Olcott

  • Dad left me a lot more than Vega Interplanet, and you know it.

    The Colors of Space

    Marion Zimmer Bradley

  • Just as they were sitting at dinner in the ward-room they felt the Vega roll a little.

    From Pole to Pole

    Sven Anders Hedin

British Dictionary definitions for vega


  1. the brightest star in the constellation Lyra and one of the most conspicuous in the N hemisphere. It is part of an optical double star having a faint companion. Distance: 25.3 light years; spectral type: A0V

Word Origin for Vega

C17: from Medieval Latin, from Arabic (al nasr) al wāqi, literally: the falling (vulture), that is, the constellation Lyra


  1. See Lope de Vega
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Word Origin and History for vega



1638, bright northern star, the alpha of Lyra, from Arabic (Al Nasr) al Waqi translated variously as "the eagle of the desert" or "the falling vulture."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

vega in Science


[vēgə, vāgə]
  1. A star in the constellation Lyra and one of the five brightest stars in the night sky. It is a white main-sequence star in the Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, with an apparent magnitude of 0.04. Vega, along with Altair and Deneb, form the Summer Triangle asterism. Scientific name: Alpha Lyra.
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