Meaning of “the solar system” in the English Dictionary

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"the solar system" in British English

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the solar systemnoun [ S ]

uk /ˈsəʊ.lə ˌsɪs.təm/ us /ˈsoʊ.lɚ ˌsɪs.təm/

Examples from literature

  • Beyond the limits of the solar system, we can only watch from a distance. 
  • Launched within weeks of each other in 1977, each Voyager has been traveling in a different direction through the solar system at approximately 500 million kilometers per year. 
  • They brought us the first pictures of Saturn and Neptune and are now reaching the limits of the solar system. 

(Definition of “the solar system” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"solar system" in American English

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solar systemnoun [ C usually sing ]

/ˈsoʊ·lər ˌsɪs·təm/

earth science the sun and the group of planets that move around it, or a similar system somewhere else in the universe

(Definition of “solar system” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)