Meaning of Polaris in English:


Pronunciation /pəˈlɑːrɪs/

proper noun

  • 1Astronomy
    A fairly bright star located within one degree of the celestial north pole, in the constellation Ursa Minor. It is a triple star, the bright component of which is a cepheid variable.

    Also called North Star, Pole Star

  • 2A type of submarine-launched ballistic missile designed to carry nuclear warheads, formerly in service with the US and British navies.


Mid 19th century from medieval Latin polaris ‘heavenly’, from Latin polus ‘end of an axis’.