- Gr. Myth. the seven daughters of Atlas and Pleione, placed by Zeus among the stars
- a cluster of stars in the constellation Taurus, including six bright stars: a seventh bright star (the Lost Pleiad) has apparently faded from sight since the original sightings
Origin of PleiadesMiddle English Pliades ; from Classical Latin Pleiades ; from Classical Greek
- Greek Mythology The seven daughters of Atlas (Maia, Electra, Celaeno, Taygeta, Merope, Alcyone, and Sterope), who were metamorphosed into stars.
- An open star cluster in the constellation Taurus, consisting of several hundred stars, of which six are visible to the naked eye and located approximately 430 light years from Earth.
Origin of PleiadesMiddle English Pliades, from Latin Pl&emacron;&idie;ades, from Greek Pl&emacron;iades.