star turn


Definition of star turn

1a : a performance, role, or appearance (as in a movie or television show) that is done by a star or well-known personality … we might see a Best Actress nod for Jane Horrock's nuanced portrayal in Life Is Sweet instead of Bette Midler's star turn in For the Boys— Peter Travers Slater … delivers a surprisingly effective performance in this otherwise muddled thriller made before his attention-grabbing star turn in Heathers.— Ed Hulse … she would surely dump the bother of serving as Alaska's besieged governor for a lucrative star turn on Fox News.— Frank Rich
b : an outstanding performance or prominent role in or contribution to something The fresh, soft, white Italian cheese called mascarpone is most famous for its star turn in tiramisu …— Jane Daniels Lear The football gods would return the favor early in the fourth quarter on a strangely similar play that bounced Indy's way, with center Jeff Saturday getting the star turn.— Michael Silver
2 chiefly British : the featured skit or number in a theatrical production also : the most outstanding or prominent person or thing in a group The star turn of a recent lunch in the plant-filled conservatory was a Goan curry—chunks of succulent chicken breast in a sauce the color of pesto, made with green chilies and coriander. — R. W. Apple, Jr.

Examples of star turn in a Sentence

She was nominated for an Oscar for her star turn as a single mother raising three children alone. She was the star turn in yesterday's game.

Recent Examples on the Web

Delicata’s star turn might have induced some Y2K sentimentality on the part of this writer, but the subject herself is not so inclined. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, "Catching Up with Laura Delicata, Star of the ’00s Belgian Model Wave," 1 Mar. 2019 Friday kicked off with LaBeouf’s Honey Boy premiere and party—which saw the child star turned screenwriter, as well as cast member FKA twigs, drop by the DirecTV Lodge presented by AT&T. David Graver, Vogue, "Weekend One at Sundance: All the Celebrities Who Celebrated the Festival’s Daring Roster," 29 Jan. 2019 The legal fight over an alleged hush agreement between President Donald Trump and adult entertainer Stormy Daniels will be paused for 90 days to allow the reality star turned politician's lawyer to assert his Fifth Amendment rights. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Stormy Daniels' "Hush Agreement" Suit Paused to Preserve Trump Lawyer's Fifth Amendment Rights," 27 Apr. 2018 On the other end of the spectrum is reality star turned Republican presidential hopeful, Donald Trump. Bridget Mallon, ELLE Decor, "Donald Trump Was Voted The Least Desirable Celebrity Neighbor," 29 Dec. 2015 The party itself was pretty impressive, as the reality star turned her house into a jungle to go with the Tarzan theme. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "North West Dressed Like a Selena Gomez Music Video for Her Brother's Birthday Party," 2 Dec. 2018 The first focused on premieres; O18 is full of unconventional star turns. Heidi Waleson, WSJ, "Opera Philadelphia’s Festival O18 Review: Arias and Alzheimer’s," 28 Sep. 2018 The soul of this wise and wonderfully loose-limbed comedy is Regina Hall’s no-bull star turn as the put-upon restaurant manager of Double Whammies, a depressing sub-Hooters dive in Texas. Justin Chang, The Seattle Times, "‘Support the Girls’: Regina Hall calls the shots in terrific sports-bar comedy," 27 Aug. 2018 The Hatch Memorial Shell will be ready for its annual star turn on July 4th, as repairs to the dome of the Boston icon are nearly completed. Margeaux Sippell,, "Scaffolding on the Hatch Memorial Shell? Not for much longer," 5 June 2018

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First Known Use of star turn

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of star turn was in 1885

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English Language Learners Definition of star turn

: a performance or role in a movie, play, etc., that is done by a star or that makes someone become a star
British : the most important or successful person or thing in a group (such as a sports team)

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