Definition of nakshatra in US English:

nakshatra

(also naksatra)

noun

Astronomy Astrology
  • Each of 27 (or, according to some texts, 28) equal divisions of the ecliptic through which the moon passes during the course of a sidereal month; a lunar mansion; the period of time with which each of these corresponds.

Origin

Late 18th century; earliest use found in Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London. From Sanskrit nakṣatra star, lunar mansion (lit. ‘with dominion over night’) from nak, nakt- + kṣatra dominion.

Pronunciation

nakshatra

/ˈnakʃatrə/