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

Well, Pierre-Luc Dubois is taking a surprising star turn in the spotlight of the NHL playoffs, too. Washington Post, "Top picks from 2016 and 2017 are unfazed by playoff pressure," 18 Apr. 2018 Loyola's run to the Final Four has been almost as improbable as the star turn of the team's incandescent chaplain. Dean Reynolds, CBS News, "Sister Jean Schmidt: God is on Loyola-Chicago's side, at least "right now"," 26 Mar. 2018 No last-second theatrics were required in the Elite Eight romp over Kansas State on Saturday night, but Ben Richardson took a star turn with a career-high 23 points. Steve Rosenbloom, chicagotribune.com, "Thanks, Loyola: You're saving sports in Chicago," 25 Mar. 2018 This isn’t the first time Olivia has had her star turn. Melody Chiu, PEOPLE.com, "Taylor Swift Goes on a 'Caticorn' Adventure Days Before Kicking Off Reputation Stadium Tour," 3 May 2018 There were also solo shows by Bruce Springsteen, Michael Moore, John Lithgow and John Leguizamo, and star turns by Amy Schumer, Denzel Washington, Chris Evans, Uma Thurman, Andrew Garfield and Clive Owen. Michael Paulson, New York Times, "2018 Tony Nominations: ‘Mean Girls’ and ‘SpongeBob’ Lead the Way," 2 May 2018 Stacy Dash, Clueless star turned conservative pundit, will play Mildred Jefferson, who founded the National Right to Life Committee. Anna Silman, The Cut, "The Pro-Life ‘Roe v. Wade’ Movie Sounds Like a Total Disaster," 13 July 2018 The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief. Joshua Goodman, Fox News, "US official: Trump pressed aides about Venezuela invasion," 4 July 2018 The public remarks were initially dismissed in U.S. policy circles as the sort of martial bluster people have come to expect from the reality TV star turned commander in chief. Joshua Goodman, Anchorage Daily News, "Trump pressed aides on Venezuela invasion, US official says," 4 July 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

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

: the most important or successful person or thing in a group (such as a sports team)

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