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)


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