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solar system (plural solar systems)

  1. The Solar System; the Sun and all the objects in orbit around it.
  2. Any collection of heavenly bodies including a star or binary star, and any lighter stars, brown dwarfs, planets, and other objects in orbit.

Usage notes

  • Usually used specifically to refer to our own solar system, in which case it is used with the and often capitalised (as the Solar System). Other solar systems are then known as star system to distinguish them from the Sun's solar system.

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