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[kap-ri-kawrn] /ˈkæp rɪˌkɔrn/
Astronomy. the Goat, a zodiacal constellation between Sagittarius and Aquarius.
  1. the tenth sign of the zodiac: the cardinal earth sign.
  2. a person born under this sign, usually between December 22nd and January 19th.
tropic of. See under tropic (def 1a).
Also, Capricornus (for defs 1, 2).
Origin of Capricorn
1350-1400; Middle English Capricorne < Latin Capricornus (translation of Greek aigókerōs goat-horned), equivalent to capri- capri- + corn(u) horn + -us adj. suffix Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • If the planet be then on the zodiac, in the 1st degree of Capricorn, it is 47 S. from the way of the sun, and so on.

  • His last journey extended a little beyond the tropic of Capricorn.

    The Bird Jules Michelet
  • The Capricorn shall teach us that the problem is more obscure than the abb led me to believe.

  • Capricorn is indeed a capricious creature like a cockatrice with horns.

    Leadwork W. R. Lethaby
  • In this expectation, it was eagerly followed, and in four days conducted the explorers across the Tropic of Capricorn.

British Dictionary definitions for Capricorn


  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. a person born during the period when the sun is in this sign
(astronomy) another name for Capricornus
tropic of Capricorn, See tropic (sense 1)
(astrology) born under or characteristic of Capricorn
Also (for senses 1b, 4) Capricornean (ˌkæprɪˈkɔːnɪən)
Word Origin
C14: from Latin Capricornus (translating Greek aigokerōs goat-horned), from caper goat + cornū horn
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for Capricorn

zodiac sign, late Old English, from Latin Capricornus, literally "horned like a goat," from caper (genitive capri) "goat" (see cab) + cornu "horn" (see horn (n.)); a loan-translation of Greek Aigokheros, the name of the constellation. Extended 1894 to persons born under the sign.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Capricorn in Science
Capricorn (kāp'rĭ-kôrn') or Capricornus
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Aquarius and Sagittarius. Capricorn (the Goat) is the tenth sign of the zodiac.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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