noun start·er \ˈstär-tər\

: a player, horse, etc., that is in a game or race at its beginning

: someone who gives the signal for a race to start

: a device that is used for starting an engine

Full Definition of STARTER

:  a person who initiates or sets going: as
a :  an official who gives the signal to begin a race
b :  one who dispatches vehicles
a :  one that engages in a competition; especially :  a member of a starting lineup
b :  one that begins to engage in an activity or process
:  one that causes something to begin operating: as
a :  a device for starting an engine; especially :  an electric motor used to start an internal combustion engine
b :  material containing microorganisms (as yeast) used to induce a desired fermentation
:  something that is the beginning of a process, activity, or series; especially :  appetizer
for starters
:  to begin with

Examples of STARTER

  1. The team is playing only five regular starters.
  2. The car's starter needs to be replaced.

First Known Use of STARTER


Rhymes with STARTER



—used to describe something small or basic that you get when you are doing something for the first time

Full Definition of STARTER

:  of, relating to, or being an item acquired with the expectation that a more elaborate or sophisticated model will be acquired in the future <a starter home>

First Known Use of STARTER


Rhymes with STARTER

FOR STARTERS Defined for Kids


noun start·er \ˈstär-tər\

Definition of STARTER for Kids

:  someone or something that starts something or causes something else to start <a car's starter> <There were seven starters in the race.>


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