noun, genitive Sagittarii [saj-i-tair-ee-ahy] , for 1.
Astronomy. the Archer, a zodiacal constellation between Scorpius and capricorn.
the ninth sign of the zodiac: the mutable fire sign. See illus. under zodiac.
a person born under this sign, usually between November 22nd and December 21st; a Sagittarian.

1350–1400; Middle English < Latin sagittārius archer, equivalent to sagitt(a) arrow + -ārius -ary Unabridged
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Sagittarius (ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪəs, ˌsædʒɪˈtɛərɪən)
n , Latin genitive Sagittarii
1.  astronomy a large conspicuous zodiacal constellation in the S hemisphere lying between Scorpius and Capricornus on the ecliptic and crossed by the Milky Way and containing the galactic centre
2.  astrology Also called: the Archer
 a.  the ninth sign of the zodiac, symbol ♐, having a mutable fire classification and ruled by the planet Jupiter. The sun is in this sign between Nov 22 and Dec 21
 b.  a person born when the sun is in this sign
3.  astrology born under or characteristic of Sagittarius
[C14: from Latin: an archer, from sagitta an arrow]

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Word Origin & History

constellation, late 14c., from L., lit. "archer," properly "pertaining to arrows," from sagitta "arrow," which probably is from a pre-Latin Mediterranean language. Meaning "person born under Sagittarius" (properly Sagittarian) is attested from 1940.
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Sagittarius   (sāj'ĭ-târ'ē-əs)  Pronunciation Key 
A constellation in the Southern Hemisphere near Scorpius and Capricornus. Sagittarius (the Archer) is the ninth sign of the zodiac.
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