star turn

noun
|Updated on: 18 Jun 2018

Definition of star turn

1 a : 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

  1. She was nominated for an Oscar for her star turn as a single mother raising three children alone.

  2. She was the star turn in yesterday's game.

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First Known Use of star turn

1885

in the meaning defined at sense 2

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STAR TURN Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of star turn for English Language Learners

  • : 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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