constellation early 14c., from O.Fr. constellacion "constellation, conjuncture (of planets)," from L.L. constellationem (nom. constellatio) "set with stars," from constellatus, from L. com- "with" (see COM- (Cf. com-)) + pp. of stellare "to shine," from stella "star" (see STAR (Cf. star)). Originally in astrology, of position of planets ("stars") in regard to one another on a given day, usually one's birth day, as a determination of one's character. "I folwed ay myn inclinacioun/By vertu of my constillacioun" (Chaucer, "Wife's Prologue," c.1386). Modern astronomical sense is from 1550s.

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