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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ I told him it was in the hands of an astrologer in San Francisco.
▪ It is believed that they were astrologers from Babylonia or Arabia.
▪ Nancy Reagan had an astrologer and her little gun.
▪ Proceed with caution and, at the risk of sounding like a tabloid astrologer, look before you leap.
▪ The astrologers have been proved right: the bridge was only closed to traffic in 1950.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Astrologer \As*trol"o*ger\, n. [See Astrology.]

  1. One who studies the stars; an astronomer. [Obs.]

  2. One who practices astrology; one who professes to foretell events by the aspects and situation of the stars.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

late 14c., from astrology + -er (1). Drove out French import astrologein, which, had it survived, probably would have yielded *astrologian, as in Chaucer's "The wise Astrologen." Earliest recorded reference is to roosters as announcers of sunrise.


n. One who studies or practices astrology.


n. someone who predicts the future by the positions of the planets and sun and moon [syn: astrologist]

Usage examples of "astrologer".

The woman was holding an old-fashioned astrolabe, the tool port astrologers had used to calculate relative planetary positions and the intersecting harmonic envelopes.

One night, back when he was a second-story man, he had the incredible luck to break into the affluent home of Minne Khlaetsch, an astrologer of the Hamburg School, who was, congenitally it seems, unable to pronounce, even perceive, umlauts over vowels.

I had dropped from the semireputable status of a psychic or a newspaper astrologer to the pathetic one of a palmist or a flying-saucer nut.

These days, of course, there are thousands of party astrologers and palmists, and very few people who really understand the science deeply.

Not, as previously, in his capacity as a dilettante astrologer, but as the manager, organizer, fund-raiser, and recruiter par excellence for the Parapsychic Center.

Night came, and Passepartout re-entered the native quarter, where he wandered through the streets, lit by vari-coloured lanterns, looking on at the dancers, who were executing skilful steps and boundings, and the astrologers who stood in the open air with their telescopes.

At the hour which the astrologers had told Julius was propitious, three in the afternoon, the covering was removed from the statue.

The astrologer dropped a heavy brass protractor on it, and rested his elbows on the flattened and stabilized mass.

Astrology is much more of an art than a science, and the personal factor in both querent and astrologer is a very large one.

He serves me as my seer as well as my astrologer, and his brother serves none other than King Mithridates of the Parthians himself.

Christian Scientists, psycho-analysts, electronic vibration diviners, therapeutists of all schools registered and unregistered, astrologers, astronomers who tell us that the sun is nearly a hundred million miles away and the Betelgeuse is ten times as big as the whole universe, physicists who balance Betelgeuse by describing the incredible smallness of the atom, and a host of other marvel mongers whose credulity would have dissolved the Middle Ages in a roar of sceptical merriment.

The odd appearance of the monk, without a hat and with a fine cloak on his shoulders, with my unseasonable attire, was enough to make people take us for an astrologer and his man.

The highest names in France - the Princesse de Tingry, the Duchesse de Vitry, the Duchesse de Lusignan, the Duchesse de Bouillon, the Comtesse de Soissons, the Duc de Luxembourg, the Marguis de Cessac - scores of the older aristocracy, were involved, whilst literally hundreds of venal apothecaries, druggists, pseudo-alchemists, astrologers, quacks, warlocks, magicians, charlatans, who revolved round the ominous and terrible figure of Catherine La Voisin, professional seeress, fortune-teller, herbalist, beauty-specialist, were caught in the meshes of law.

Such was the form of the earth according to the authors of the Accadian magical formulae and the Chaldean astrologers of after years.

Mattan would never suspect that the household slave of an aged astrologer could be an unsuccessful counterspy or potential bride of Melqart.