star system

noun

Definition of star system

: the practice of casting famous performers in principal roles (as in motion pictures or the theater) especially in order to capitalize on their popular appeal

First Known Use of star system

1822, in the meaning defined above

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“Star system.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/star%20system. Accessed 29 Sep. 2020.

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