Main definitions of ariel in English

: ariel1Ariel2

ariel1

noun

  • A gazelle found in the Middle East and North Africa.

    • ‘We halted at Soojalup for the night: here for the first time I saw the beautiful antelope known by the Arabs as the Ariel (Gazelle Dama).’
    • ‘Within the desert reside the light-brown, familiar gazelle known as the Dorcas, or Ariel Gazelle.’
    • ‘The dorcas or ariel gazelle is less than 60 centimetres tall.’

Origin

Mid 19th century: from Arabic ‘aryal.

Pronunciation

ariel

/ˈerēəl/

Main definitions of ariel in English

: ariel1Ariel2

Ariel2

proper noun

  • 1Astronomy
    A satellite of Uranus discovered in 1851, the twelfth closest to the planet and the fourth largest, with a diameter of 721 miles (1,160 km).

  • 2A series of six American and British satellites devoted to studies of the ionosphere and X-ray astronomy (1962–79).

Origin

The name of a fairy in Shakespeare's The Tempest.

Pronunciation

Ariel

/ˈɛriəl//ˈerēəl/