from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The brightest star in the constellation Lyra.
  • Vega, Lope de 1562-1635. Spanish playwright whose enormous body of works, including Fuenteovejuna (c. 1619), established the national drama of Spain. Nearly 500 of his more than 2,000 plays are extant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. The brightest star in the constellation Lyra; Alpha (α) Lyrae. It forms one corner of the Summer Triangle.
  • proper n. Hispanic surname and placename, usually preceded by la or de la in the singular, or by las or de las in the plural (e.g., Las Vegas).
  • proper n. An automobile that was manufactured by Chevrolet Motor Division of General Motors Corporation from 1970 to 1977.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A brilliant star of the first magnitude, the brightest of those constituting the constellation Lyra.
  • n. An open tract of ground; a plain, esp. one which is moist and fertile, as those used for tobacco fields.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A tract of ground, low, flat, and moist. This word is confined chiefly to Spain and Cuba; in the latter it often denotes a ‘tobacco-field.’
  • n. A star of the first magnitude in the northern constellation Lyra; adjective Lyræ.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. prolific Spanish playwright (1562-1635)
  • n. the brightest star in the constellation Lyra


Medieval Latin, from Arabic (an-nasr) al-wāqi', the falling (eagle), Vega : al-, the + wāqi', falling, active participle of waqa'a, to fall; see wqʿ in Semitic roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin, from Arabic واقع (wāqi‘, falling), from the expression النسر الواقع (an-nasr al-wāqi‘, falling eagle). The active participle واقع derives from the verb وقع (wáqa‘a, to fall, drop, tumble, alight, pounce). (Wiktionary)
From Spanish vega "meadow, fertile lowland", from pre-Roman Iberian vaica or baika (meadow), from Iberian ibai (river). (Wiktionary)



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