Definition of Pleiades in US English:


proper noun

  • 1Greek Mythology
    The seven daughters of the Titan Atlas and the Oceanid Pleione. They were pursued by the hunter Orion until Zeus changed them into a cluster of stars.

  • 2Astronomy
    A well-known open cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus. Six (or more) stars are visible to the naked eye but there are actually some five hundred in the cluster, formed very recently in stellar terms.

    Also called Seven Sisters


Via Latin from Greek.