[air-eez, -ee-eez]
noun, genitive Arietis [uh-rahy-i-tis] .
Astronomy. the Ram, a zodiacal constellation between Pisces and Taurus.
the first sign of the zodiac: the cardinal fire sign. See illus. under zodiac.
a person born under this sign, usually between March 21st and April 19th.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin: ram Unabridged
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Aries (ˈɛəriːz, ˈɛərɪən)
n , Latin genitive Arietis
1.  astronomy a small zodiacal constellation in the N hemisphere lying between Taurus and Pisces on the ecliptic and having a second-magnitude star
2.  astrology
 a.  Also called: the Ram the first sign of the zodiac, symbol ♈, having a cardinal fire classification, ruled by the planet Mars. The sun is in this sign between about March 21 and April 19
 b.  a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign
3.  astrology born under or characteristic of Aries
[C14: from Latin: ram]

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Word Origin & History

zodiac constellation usually identified as "the Ram," late 14c., from L. aires "ram" (cf. arietare "to butt"), from a PIE root meaning "spring, jump" (cf. Lith. erytis, O.C.S. jarici, Arm. oroj "lamb;" Gk. eriphos, O.Ir. heirp "kid").
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Aries   (âr'ēz)  Pronunciation Key 
A constellation in the Northern Hemisphere near Taurus and Pisces. Aries (the Ram) is the first sign of the zodiac.
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