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 Brook has still more tricks up her sleeve, including more postmodern movement sequences, and a star turn by John himself, played — just as the emperor is played in Noh — by a child. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 25 Aug. 2021 The former President was the star turn at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Dallas Sunday — an organization that once lionized a champion of global democracy, President Ronald Reagan, yet has morphed into a Trump cult. Stephen Collinson, CNN, 12 July 2021 That duality finds even more forceful expression in Patel’s performance, which is by turns a wrenching study in spiritual torment, a sweatily charismatic star turn and a reminder that few things are sexier than repression. Los Angeles Times, 29 July 2021 Cuomo's star turn rapidly unravels under the weight of multiple scandals. David Robinson, USA TODAY, 10 Aug. 2021 Johnson, who has been on stage much of her life and teaches vocal performance, said this isn’t her first star turn as the faith’s initial first lady. Kaitlyn Bancroft, The Salt Lake Tribune, 25 July 2021 His star turn for the national team brought the spotlight to Huntsville, Texas, to see Cowser that fall. Jon Meoli,, 14 July 2021 Jennifer Hudson earned a best supporting actress Oscar for her star turn (alongside Beyoncé, no less) in Bill Condon’s 2006 adaptation of the 1981 Broadway musical about Motown’s heyday. Washington Post, 8 June 2021 Young finished off a dominant series with 36 points and nine assists, continuing his breakout star turn in his first playoffs. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 3 June 2021

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First Known Use of star turn

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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“Star turn.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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

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