North Star


: the star of the northern hemisphere toward which the axis of the earth points

called also polestar

Examples of North Star in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Though dozens of shipwrecks lie in the sanctuary, NOAA singled out 11 wrecks for boaters to avoid, including the World War II minesweeper USS Heroic, the trawler Josephine Marie and the 55-foot North Star. Stephen Smith, CBS News, 28 Mar. 2024 This is your North Star, the anchor around which your activities and resources revolve. Robin Elledge, Forbes, 27 Mar. 2024 At completion, North Star Ranch will feature 9,668 homes, three elementary schools and one high school west of the White Tanks and a mile and a half north of the remote Sun Valley Parkway. Alexandra Hardle, The Arizona Republic, 19 Mar. 2024 This billion-dollar goal has become our North Star, aiming to address the significant gaps in equity within our community. Stephanie Tharpe, Forbes, 27 Feb. 2024 Always evolving but with a consistent North Star : sign the best musicians and commit to the hardest work of building real careers through true artist development. Dan Rys, Billboard, 26 Feb. 2024 The theater announced the donation to their North Star Fund, which helps toward improvements and future shows, per their website. Liza Esquibias, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 Emerging innovations present a landscape of opportunity, but the brands that will separate themselves in 2024 never lose sight of their North Star — the people behind every data point and dollar sign. Jon Stojan, USA TODAY, 14 Jan. 2024 Kelvin’s a prime example of the avalanche that is formed when that becomes your North Star, just knowing that some little kid somewhere is going to watch you and their life’s going to change, which is what happened to me. Angelique Jackson, Variety, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of North Star was in the 14th century

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“North Star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

North Star

: the star toward which the northern end of the earth's axis very nearly points

called also polestar

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