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: composed wholly or chiefly of stars or of outstanding performers or participants
an all-star cast


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: a member of an all-star team
: an outstanding or highly regarded performer within a field : star
The ceremony gathered all-stars from film, television, and radio.

Example Sentences

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But, as the Australian parent company prepares to mark its 50th anniversary with special releases, an all-star concert and a documentary that celebrates the genius of late founder Michael Gudinski, O’Gorman is confident the new Mushroom U.K. can live up to that history. Jem Aswad, Variety, 2 June 2023 The tight end developed a case of plantar fascia while training for the draft and won’t do much in terms of practice until training camp is underway next month…The East-West Shrine Bowl, the longest-running college all-star game, will be played at the Ford Center at The Star on Feb. 1, 2024. David Moore, Dallas News, 2 June 2023 For the first time ever, the show featured 16 all-star chefs picked from the original U.S. series and its 29 international versions (France, Canada, the Middle East, and Brazil, to name a few). Antonia Debianchi, Peoplemag, 1 June 2023 Will he be named to the team when Seattle hosts the all-star game this year? Jr Radcliffe, Journal Sentinel, 1 June 2023 The all-star cast also includes Seth Rogen, John Cena, Ice Cube, Paul Rudd, Rose Byrne, Post Malone, Maya Rudolph and Giancarlo Esposito. Co-directed by Kyler Spears, the film counts Rogen and Evan Goldberg among its producers. Clark Collis,, 29 May 2023 The theatrical conceits are leaden; the all-star cast barely registers, an achingly good Jason Schwartzman aside. Justin Chang, Los Angeles Times, 27 May 2023 The all-star New York salsa, charanga and conjunto band made its concert debut 50 years ago and was formed by members of conga master Ray Barretto’s band. George Varga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 26 May 2023 Her first performance in the city was during 2008’s Detroit Jazz Festival in an all-star tribute to Coltrane, playing alongside saxophonist Ravi Coltrane (Alice’s son), bassist Charlie Haden, pianist Geri Allen and drummer Jack DeJohnette. Duante Beddingfield, Detroit Free Press, 26 May 2023
Andres Gimenez: Gimenez was an all-star last year with the 34th-best wOBA in baseball. Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2023 On Saturday, Starling succeeded in his most ambitious endeavor yet: a one-day event pitting MIAA and NEPSAC all-star teams against each other. Ethan Fuller,, 25 Mar. 2023 Joni Mitchell was recently feted at an all-star tribute concert in Washington, D.C. as the recipient of the Library of Congress’ Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. Emily Zemler, Rolling Stone, 24 Mar. 2023 The NBA Hall of Famer went on to play 15 seasons in the NBA and was an all-star five times. Phil Friend, Detroit Free Press, 24 Mar. 2023 Morgan Wallen will headline an all-star benefit concert for ACM Lifting Lives during ACM Awards week in May. Jessica Nicholson, Billboard, 23 Mar. 2023 The third member of the all-star threesome with Korda and Ko, Henderson had a large contingent of Canadian fans following her around. Todd Kelly, The Arizona Republic, 23 Mar. 2023 Williams will also host his all-star Pharrell’s Phriends set during the fest. Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 15 Mar. 2023 The Bucks signed the 7-footer to his first 10-day deal on Feb. 22, just after the all-star break when Giannis Antetokounmpo’s status was uncertain with a sprained right wrist. Jim Owczarski, Journal Sentinel, 14 Mar. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1888, in the meaning defined above


1893, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of all-star was in 1888

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“All-star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jun. 2023.

Kids Definition


: made up chiefly or entirely of stars
an all-star team

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