étoile

noun
\ ā‧ˈtwäl \
plural -s

Definition of étoile

1 : a star or a pattern in the shape of a star
2 : a principal dancer in a ballet company

Love words?

You must — there are over 200,000 words in our free online dictionary, but you are looking for one that’s only in the Merriam-Webster Unabridged Dictionary.

Start your free trial today and get unlimited access to America's largest dictionary, with:

  • More than 250,000 words that aren't in our free dictionary
  • Expanded definitions, etymologies, and usage notes
  • Advanced search features
  • Ad free!

First Known Use of étoile

1727, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for étoile

French, from Middle French estoile star

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about étoile

Time Traveler for étoile

Time Traveler

The first known use of étoile was in 1727

See more words from the same year

Statistics for étoile

Cite this Entry

“étoile.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/%C3%A9toile. Accessed 5 Aug. 2020.

Comments on étoile

What made you want to look up étoile? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

July 2020 Words of the Day Quiz

  • papercraft sunset
  • Which is a synonym of mien?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Add Diction

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!