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star

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noun \ˈstär\

Simple Definition of star

  • : any one of the objects in space that are made of burning gas and that look like points of light in the night sky

  • : a star or planet especially in a certain position that is believed in astrology to influence people's lives

  • : something (such as a symbol or medal) with five or more points that represents or suggests a star

Full Definition of star

  1. 1a :  a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at nightb :  a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions

  2. 2a (1) :  a planet or a configuration of the planets that is held in astrology to influence one's destiny or fortune —usually used in plural (2) :  a waxing or waning fortune or fame <her star was rising>b obsolete :  destiny

  3. 3a :  a conventional figure with five or more points that represents a star; especially :  asteriskb :  an often star-shaped ornament or medal worn as a badge of honor, authority, or rank or as the insignia of an orderc :  one of a group of conventional stars used to place something in a scale of value

  4. 4 :  something resembling a star <was hit on the head and saw stars>

  5. 5a :  the principal member of a theatrical or operatic company who usually plays the chief rolesb :  a highly publicized theatrical or motion-picture performerc :  an outstandingly talented performer <a track star>d :  a person who is preeminent in a particular field

star·less play \-ləs\ adjective
star·like play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

Examples of star

  1. They gazed up at the stars.

  2. There are billions of stars in the universe.

  3. I'm glad we didn't use the tent. It's so much nicer to sleep outside under the stars.

  4. The restaurant was awarded four stars for excellence.

  5. Critics give the movie three stars.



Origin of star

Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; akin to Old High German sterno star, Latin stella, Greek astēr, astron


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with star


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star

verb

Simple Definition of star

  • : to play the most important role in a movie, play, etc.

  • : to have (someone) as the most important performer

  • : to perform extremely well

Full Definition of star

starredstar·ring

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to sprinkle or adorn with stars

  3. 2a :  to mark with a star as being preeminentb :  to mark with an asterisk

  4. 3 :  to feature in the most prominent or important role <the movie stars a famous stage personality>

  5. intransitive verb
  6. 1 :  to play the most prominent or important role

  7. 2 :  to perform outstandingly

Examples of star

  1. The new television series stars a famous movie actress.

  2. a concert starring some of the biggest names in the business

  3. He starred in both baseball and football when he was in college.

  4. She starred for the basketball team last year.

  5. This restaurant is starred in the guidebook.



1718

First Known Use of star

1718


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star

adjective

Definition of star

  1. 1 :  of, relating to, or being a star <received star billing>

  2. 2 :  of outstanding excellence :  preeminent <a star athlete>



Examples of star

  1. <looking for star actors to play the leads>



1821

First Known Use of star

1821



STAR Defined for Kids

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star

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noun \ˈstär\

Definition of star

  1. 1 :  any of the heavenly bodies except planets which are visible at night and look like fixed points of light

  2. 2 :  a figure or object with five or more points that represents or suggests a star in the sky

  3. 3 :  a very talented or popular performer <a movie star>

  4. 4 :  a planet that is believed in astrology to influence someone's life <She was born under a lucky star.>

  5. 5 :  the principal member of a theater or opera company




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star

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verb

Definition of star

starredstar·ring

  1. 1 :  to mark with a star or an asterisk as being special or very good

  2. 2 :  to present in the role of a star <The show stars my favorite actor.>

  3. 3 :  to play the most important role <She will star in a new play.>

  4. 4 :  to perform in an outstanding manner <She starred in soccer this season.>




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star

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adjective

Definition of star

  1. 1 :  being favored or very popular <the teacher's star pupil> <a star athlete>

  2. 2 :  being of outstanding excellence <a star chef>





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