: not favored by the stars : ill-fated
a pair of star-crossed lovers take their lifeWilliam Shakespeare

Examples of star-crossed in a Sentence

Romeo and Juliet are among literature's most famous star-crossed lovers
Recent Examples on the Web The attraction between the star-crossed, cross-cultural couple is electric and propulsive, lasting for years with unmitigated intensity. Jennifer Wilson, The New Yorker, 6 May 2024 That’s a career best for the U.S. country artist, and third top 10 appearance following 2018’s Golden Hour (No. 6) and 2021’s star-crossed (No. 10). Lars Brandle, Billboard, 25 Mar. 2024 Throughout 2020 and into 2021, the production seemed increasingly star-crossed. Christopher Vourlias, Variety, 12 Jan. 2024 From the beginning, then, El Señor Presidente has been star-crossed. Larry Rohter, The New York Review of Books, 4 May 2023 As if Cronin’s horse racing weekend wasn’t star-crossed enough, The Del Mar Group won a claiming race worth $24,000 on Saturday at Santa Anita but the horse was claimed by another group for $25,000. John Cherwa, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2023 Colby Lewis was solid; Kevin Millwood a workhorse; Matt Harrison, star-crossed. Kevin Sherrington, Dallas News, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1597, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of star-crossed was in 1597

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“Star-crossed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/star-crossed. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition



so called from the idea that stars control the lives and actions of people

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