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adjective stel·lar \ˈste-lər\

Simple Definition of stellar

  • : of or relating to the stars

  • : very good

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of stellar

  1. 1a :  of or relating to the stars :  astralb :  composed of stars

  2. 2 :  of or relating to a theatrical or film star <stellar names>

  3. 3a :  principal, leading <a stellar role>b :  outstanding <a stellar performance>

Examples of stellar in a sentence

  1. the rate of stellar expansion

  2. The movie has a stellar cast.



Did You Know?

Stella, the Latin word for "star," shines brightly in the word constellation, but "stella" words have been favored by scientists to describe earthly things as much as heavenly bodies. "Stellar" was once used to mean "star-shaped." That use is no longer current, but today biologists and geologists might use one of thesesynonyms: "stellular," "stellate," and "stelliform." Poets, too, have looked to "stella." John Milton used "stellar" in its infancy when he wrote in Paradise Lost: "these soft fires … shed down their stellar virtue." "Stellar" shot into its leading role as a synonym of "star" (as when we say "stellar pupil") in the late 1800s.

Origin and Etymology of stellar

Late Latin stellaris, from Latin stella star — more at star


First Known Use: circa 1656



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