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con·stel·la·tion

[kon-stuhley-shuh n] –noun

1.a.

any of various groups of stars to which definite names have been given, as Ursa Major, Ursa Minor, Boötes, Cancer, Orion.

  1. the section of the heavens occupied by such a group.
  2. a. the grouping or relative position of the stars as supposed to influence events, esp. at a person’s birth.
  3. Obsolete . character as presumed to be determined by the stars.
  4. a group or configuration of ideas, feelings, characteristics, objects, etc., that are related in some way: a constellation of qualities that made her particularly suited to the job.
  5. any brilliant, outstanding group or assemblage: a constellation of great scientists.

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Origin: 1275–1325; ME constellacioun  (< AF) < LL constellātiōn-  (s. of constellātiō ). See constellate, -ion

 

Not exactly a fancy word, not a complicated word, not even a difficult to spell word, nevertheless it’s a good word, a word that has more to it than meets the eye. So to speak.

When first hearing this word most of us probably think of the sky sort of constellations. I love to look up at the night sky and never fail to feel absolutely humbled, wee even. I’m always aware that what I can see with my eyes is not even a tiny microcosm of the stars above me. It’s good to be humbled now and again.

Then moving onto the other definition, group or configuration of ideas, feelings, characteristics, objects, etc., that are related in some way, this is also why I like this word. It is the constellation of ideas where wonderful things can happen. Putting things together, grouping ideas, allowing pieces to fall into place can be the beginning of wonderful things.

Grammar Punk Sentence: C A 2

Feeling positively humbled by the constellation of cartographers gathered in the auditorium, Cecil hoped to have his map of Bethlehem, PA autographed by one of the attendees.

Teachers of English, grammar, and writing, challenge your students to write a sentence with two words including the letters C and A and the word constellation.