from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Capricorn.
- n. The ninth sign of the zodiac in astrology.
- n. One who is born under this sign.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Sagittariidae — the secretary bird.
- proper n. : A constellation of the zodiac supposedly shaped like a centaur who is an archer.
- proper n. : The zodiac sign for the archer, ruled by Jupiter and covering November 23 - December 21 (tropical astrology) or December 16 - January 14 (sidereal astrology).
- n. Someone with a Sagittarius star sign
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The ninth of the twelve signs of the zodiac, which the sun enters about November 22, marked thus [♐] in almanacs; the Archer.
- n. A zodiacal constellation, represented on maps and globes as a centaur shooting an arrow.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A southern zodiacal constellation and sign, the Archer, representing a centaur (originally doubtless some Babylonian divinity) drawing a bow. The constellation is situated east of Scorpio, and is, especially in the latitudes of the southern United States, a prominent object on summer evenings. The symbol of the constellation → shows the Archer's arrow and part of the bow.
- n. In heraldry, the representation of a centaur carrying a bow and arrow.
- n. [NL. (Vosmaer, 1769).] The typical genus of Sagittariidæ: so called, it is said, from the arrowy crest; the secretary-birds.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. type genus of the Sagittariidae
- n. the ninth sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about November 22 to December 21
- n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Sagittarius
- n. a large zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere; between Scorpius and Capricornus
Middle English, from Latin Sagittārius, from sagittārius, archer, from sagitta, arrow.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin sagittarius ("archer") (Wiktionary)
From Latin sagittārius ("archer"). (Wiktionary)