from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. The galaxy containing the solar system, visible as a broad band of faint light in the night sky.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. The Milky Way Galaxy, the galaxy in which Earth is located; extension of the night sky phenomenon.
- proper n. A broad band of diffuse white light, visible in the night sky; our view of the dense portions of the Milky Way Galaxy from inside the galaxy.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. See Galaxy, 1.
- n. See Galaxy, 1.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- The Galaxy. See Galaxy, 1.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the galaxy containing the solar system; consists of millions of stars that can be seen as a diffuse band of light stretching across the night sky
Middle English, translation of Latin via lactea : via, way + lactea, feminine of lacteus, milky.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of Latin Via Lactea. (Wiktionary)