WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
Cap•ri•corn  (kapri kôrn′),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. Astronomythe Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.
  2. Astrology
    • the tenth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal earth sign. See illus. under  zodiac. 
    • a person born under this sign, usually between December 22nd and January 19th.
  3. Geography, Place Namestropic of. See under  tropic (def. 1a).
Also,  Capricornus (for defs. 1, 2).
  • Latin Capricornus (translation of Greek aigókerōs goat-horned), equivalent. to capri- capri- + corn(u) horn + -us adjective, adjectival suffix
  • Middle English Capricorne 1350–1400

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

Capricorn /ˈkæprɪˌkɔːn/ n
  1. Also called: the Goat, Capricornus the tenth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♑, having a cardinal earth classification and ruled by the planet Saturn. The sun is in this sign between about Dec 22 and Jan 19
  2. tropic of Capricorn
    See tropic
Etymology: 14th Century: from Latin Capricornus (translating Greek aigokerōs goat-horned), from caper goat + cornū horn

'Capricorn' also found in these entries:

Word of the day: near | shallow


Report an inappropriate ad.
Become a WordReference Supporter to view the site ad-free.