rock star

plural rock stars

Definition of rock star

1 : a famous rock musician From my standpoint, from '72 to '76, I was the ultimate rock star. I couldn't have been more of a rock star. Anything that had to do with being a rock 'n' roll singer was what I was going for.— David Bowie He's what I always thought rock stars should be: sexy, dangerous, outrageous, and funny. And at least a little self-aware.— Doug Brod
2 : a highly accomplished and well-regarded person in a particular field Locals came streaming across a muddy construction site on the Cooper River to catch a glimpse of the rock star of politics.— Howard Fineman The Colchester Boards of Selectmen, Finance and Education are the rock stars of our town's elected government.— Jason Cohen For the agency, whose mission is building soil health, Brandt [David Brandt, farmer] has emerged as a kind of rock star. He's a "step ahead of the game."— Tom Philpott Pale-faced and bespectacled, the 43-year-old Chudzinski is an emerging rock star in NFL coaching circles.— David G Fleming … the day of the celebrity chef is seriously upon us. Chefs have become the rock stars of their generation, and we all long to know them better.— Ruth Reichl

First Known Use of rock star

1960, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Rock star.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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