Astronomer As*tron"o*mer, n. [See {Astronomy}.] 1. An astrologer. [Obs.] --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. One who is versed in astronomy; one who has a knowledge of the laws of the heavenly orbs, or the principles by which their motions are regulated, with their various phenomena. [1913 Webster]

An undevout astronomer is mad. --Young. [1913 Webster]

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  • astronomer — late 14c., from ASTRONOMY (Cf. astronomy) (q.v.), replacing French import astronomyen (c.1300), which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astronomian. Still in Shakespeare used in places where we would write astrologer …   Etymology dictionary

  • astronomer — [ə strän′ə mər] n. an expert in astronomy …   English World dictionary

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  • astronomer — noun Date: 14th century a person who is skilled in astronomy or who makes observations of celestial phenomena …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • astronomer — /euh stron euh meuhr/, n. an expert in astronomy; a scientific observer of the celestial bodies. [1325 75; ME; see ASTRONOMY, ER1] * * * …   Universalium

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