star turn

noun

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 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Bloomberg.com, "‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer At 43," 29 Aug. 2020 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Ryan Pearson, Fortune, "‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43," 29 Aug. 2020 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Ryan Pearson, orlandosentinel.com, "Actor Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ star, dies of cancer at 43," 28 Aug. 2020 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Bloomberg.com, "‘Black Panther’ Star Chadwick Boseman Dies of Cancer At 43," 29 Aug. 2020 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Ryan Pearson, Fortune, "‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43," 29 Aug. 2020 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Ryan Pearson, orlandosentinel.com, "Actor Chadwick Boseman, ‘Black Panther’ star, dies of cancer at 43," 28 Aug. 2020 Maine got its star turn as a lobsterman talked up Trump’s trade policies. Adam Goldman, New York Times, "Republicans Turn to Rescued Hostages to Highlight Trump Foreign Policy," 25 Aug. 2020 Born in South Carolina, Boseman graduated from Howard University and had small roles in television before his first star turn in 2013. Ryan Pearson, Anchorage Daily News, "‘Black Panther’ star Chadwick Boseman dies of cancer at 43," 29 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of star turn

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Star turn.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/star%20turn. Accessed 21 Sep. 2020.

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star turn

noun

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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