star-crossed

play
adjective \ ˈstär-ˌkrȯst \

Definition of star-crossed

:not favored by the stars :ill-fated
  • a pair of star-crossed lovers take their life
  • —William Shakespeare

First Known Use of star-crossed

1597


STAR-CROSSED Defined for English Language Learners

star-crossed

play
adjective

Definition of star-crossed for English Language Learners

  • : not lucky : having bad luck



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up star-crossed? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

agreeable, attractive, or delicious

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Merriam-Webster's New Words Quiz—Fall 2017 Edition!

  • young-plant-shoots
  • Which of the following is a new sense of the word bunny?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!