1

costar

noun co·star \ ˈkō-ˌstär \
variants: or co-star
|Updated on: 11 Aug 2018

Definition of costar

plural costars or co-stars
: one of two or more main performers who star in a motion picture, play, etc.
  • … the star seems more relaxed and confident, and there's a bracing snap to the byplay between him and his costars.
  • —Mark Harris

Recent Examples of costar from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'costar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of costar

1888

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

2

costar

verb
variants: or co-star

Definition of costar

costarred or co-starred; costarring or co-starring
transitive + intransitive
1 T : to employ or present (someone) as one of two or more leading performers in a motion picture, play, etc.
  • Directed by Lasse Hallström … and costarring a fine ensemble …
  • —Leonora Langley
2 I : to appear with another star in a motion picture, play, etc.

Recent Examples of costar from the Web

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'costar.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of costar

1896

in the meaning defined above

See Words from the same year
NEW! Time Traveler

Learn More about costar


Seen and Heard

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

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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

WORD OF THE DAY

subject to rapid or unexpected change

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

The Eponym Quiz

  • rubens-painting
  • Which is the best synonym of bowdlerize?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

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!