Main definitions of libra in English

: libra1Libra2

libra1

nounlibrae

  • (in ancient Rome) a unit of weight, equivalent to 12 ounces (0.34 kg). It was the forerunner of the pound.

    ‘When this was borrowed by the English, they used the name penny but retained the symbol d.: twelve denarii made one solidus, and 20 solidi one pound or libra, giving the term £. s.d., which survived until decimalization in 1971.’
    ‘L, symbol for the monetary unit pound, stands for libra, Latin for pound (weight).’

Origin

Latin, ‘pound, balance’.

Pronunciation

libra

/ˈlʌɪbrə/

Main definitions of Libra in English

: libra1Libra2

Libra2

proper noun

  • 1Astronomy
    A small constellation (the Scales or Balance), said to represent the pair of scales which is the symbol of justice. It contains no bright stars.

    1. 1.1as genitive Librae /ˈliːbriː, ˈlɪb-, ˈlʌɪb-/Used with preceding letter or numeral to designate a star in the Libra constellation.
      ‘the star Alpha Librae’
  • 2Astrology
    The seventh sign of the zodiac, which the sun enters at the northern autumnal equinox (about 23 September).

    1. 2.1a LibraA person born when the sun is in the sign of Libra.
      • ‘For context, she is a Libra, born in October, and I am a Virgo, born in September.’
      • ‘I am a Leo, so I think I only tend to get attracted to girls who are Aries, Gemini, Libra or Sagittarius.’
      • ‘In our conversation, she told how she had begun dating a man, a Libra, and immediately discounted him, since he would not make a quick commitment to her.’
      • ‘For a Libra, that same full Moon might upset the emotional apple cart that they have just worked so hard to get sorted.’
      • ‘And doesn't a Libra, like all air signs, hold ‘clear thinking’ in high regard?’

Origin

Latin.

Pronunciation

Libra

/ˈliːbrə/ /ˈlɪbrə/ /ˈlʌɪbrə/