Pleiad [-s, -'s] proper n
L. Plēïas < Gk.
- Faint star; member of the open cluster in the Taurus constellation; one of the “Seven Sisters” not visible to the naked eye; [mythology] Electra; lost seventh daughter of Atlas and Pleione in Greek mythology; [fig.] departed spirit; deceased loved one; beloved person who is missing.
- Guiding star; point of reference; reliable means of orientation at sea; heavenly body used to calculate locations on earth; celestial object used by sailors for navigation; natural sign whose rising indicates the time for safe sailing; [fig.] goal; prize; that for which one is striving; star personified.