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

  • n. The aspect of the planets and stars at a given moment, such as the moment of a person's birth, used by astrologers.
  • n. A diagram of the signs of the zodiac based on such an aspect.
  • n. An astrological forecast, as of a person's future, based on a diagram of the aspect of the planets and stars at a given moment.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. an astrological forecast of a person's future based on such information
  • n. the position of the planets and stars at the moment of someone's birth; a diagram of such positions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.
  • n. The representation made of the aspect of the heavens at the moment of a person's birth, by which the astrologer professed to foretell the events of the person's life; especially, the sign of the zodiac rising above the horizon at such a moment.
  • n. The diagram or scheme of twelve houses or signs of the zodiac, into which the whole circuit of the heavens was divided for the purposes of such prediction of fortune.
  • n. The planisphere invented by Jean Paduanus.
  • n. A table showing the length of the days and nights at all places.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In astrology: That part of the ecliptic which is on the eastern horizon at the instant of a nativity.
  • n. The figure or diagram of the twelve houses of heaven, with the positions of the planets, used by astrologers in calculating nativities and in answering horary questions.
  • n. A kind of planisphere, invented by John of Padua.
  • n. A table of the length of the days and nights at different places.

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

  • n. a prediction of someone's future based on the relative positions of the planets
  • n. a diagram of the positions of the planets and signs of the zodiac at a particular time and place


French, from Old French, from Latin hōroscopus, from Greek hōroskopos : hōrā, hour, season; see yēr- in Indo-European roots + skopos, observer; see spek- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Medieval Latin horoscopus, from Ancient Greek ὡροσκόπος (hōroskopos), from ὥρα (hōra, "any limited time") + σκοπός (skopos, "watcher"). (Wiktionary)



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