Definitions

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

  • n. A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Virgo. Also called Balance, Scales.
  • n. The seventh sign of the zodiac in astrology. Also called Balance, Scales.
  • n. One who is born under this sign.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • proper n. : A constellation of the zodiac, supposedly shaped like a set of scales.
  • proper n. : The astrological sign for the scales, ruled by Venus and covering September 24 - October 23 (tropical astrology) or October 16 - November 16 (sidereal astrology).
  • n. Someone with a Libra star sign

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The Balance; the seventh sign in the zodiac, which the sun enters at the autumnal equinox in September, marked thus ♎ in almanacs, etc.
  • n. A southern constellation between Virgo and Scorpio.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. [capitalized] An ancient zodiacal constellation, representing an ordinary pair of scales.
  • n. [capitalized] The seventh sign of the zodiac, represented by the character #214, which shows the scale-beam.
  • n. An Italian or Spanish pound.
  • n. All these statements are taken from the work of the Russian Commission, and differ in some cases from Italian official figures. The Castilian libra was 7,101 grains; that of Portugal was 7,083.3 grains.
  • n. A money of account at Alicante in Spain; the peso, worth 10 reals.
  • n. A new gold coin of Peru, struck under a decree of January 10, 1898, and of the same standard and weight as the pound sterling.

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

  • n. (astrology) a person who is born while the sun is in Libra
  • n. the seventh sign of the zodiac; the sun is in this sign from about September 23 to October 22
  • n. a small faint zodiacal constellation in the southern hemisphere; between Virgo and Scorpius

Etymologies

Middle English, from Latin Lībra, from lībra, balance, the constellation Libra.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lībra ("scales, balance"). (Wiktionary)

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