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.

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But her role here is a muted one, neither a star turn nor a showy anti-star part. Ross Douthat, National Review, "The Farewell: A Restrained Deathbed Drama," 22 Aug. 2019 Cleveland has taken a star turn as host of the 2016 Republican National Convention and this year’s baseball All-Star Game. Sean Gregory/cleveland, Time, "“It's Time.” The Cleveland Browns Are Ready to Start Winning," 22 Aug. 2019 Flip It Like Disick: Scott Disick's new house-flipping show, costarring pop star turned interior designer Willa Ford. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "9 TV Shows, Movies, and Music Moments to Check Out This Week," 4 Aug. 2019 The 71-year-old leads the House Agriculture Committee and took a star turn in 2017 leading the GOP's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 elections. Tom Benning, Dallas News, "Rep. Mike Conaway, a Midland Republican, will not seek re-election, Politico reports," 31 July 2019 There’s now opportunity for some of the younger guys to take star turns and increase their international profiles. Jeremy Woo,, "10 Thoughts About Team USA's Recent FIBA World Cup Roster Changes," 23 July 2019 The newsie, in a matter of seconds, gives a star turn, maybe his first, without ever picking up a horn. Gwen Thompkins, The New Yorker, "An Eight-Second Film of 1915 New Orleans and the Mystery of Louis Armstrong’s Happiness," 8 July 2019 The reality star turned criminal justice reform advocate is now working on a documentary about the subject, which will be released via Oxygen. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Kim Kardashian West is making a documentary about prison reform," 28 July 2019 Music and sports stars turned out opening weekend to this first location outside of Florida. Louisa Chu,, "First look at DJ Khaled’s The Licking soul food restaurant in Chicago, where fried lobster is the go-to order," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of star turn

1885, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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