Definition of hexagram in English:



  • 1A figure formed of six straight lines, in particular.

    1. 1.1A star-shaped figure formed by two intersecting equilateral triangles.
      • ‘In 1876 Veronese was appointed as assistant in analytical geometry on the strength of his paper on Pascal's hexagram.’
      • ‘The Star of David is a hexagram but is not used to cast a hex on you.’
      • ‘I went to the blackboard and drew the yin-yang symbol and the hexagram.’
      • ‘The hexagram, the well-known Hindu symbol of a six-pointed star, is also known as the Star of David or Jewish Star, and can be used to symbolise Israel or Jews.’
      • ‘The hexagram - and resultant star - is the one of the most powerful mystic symbols.’
    2. 1.2Any of a set of sixty-four figures made up of six parallel whole or broken lines, occurring in the ancient Chinese I Ching.
      • ‘The most simple method of I Ching divination makes use of 3 coins to read the hexagrams.’
      • ‘Sixty-four different combinations of six broken or unbroken lines produce sixty-four different hexagrams.’
      • ‘There's simply too much convergence between the hexagrams received and the life situations I'd asked about for it to be a coincidence.’
      • ‘The I Ching, oriental mysticism, is based on sixty-four hexagrams.’
      • ‘The meanings of the hexagrams were divined many years ago by Chinese philosopher-priests in tune with the Tao (Chinese for path or way).’


Mid 19th century: from hexa- six + Greek gramma line.