star-mak·​er | \ ˈstär-ˌmā-kər How to pronounce star-maker (audio) \
variants: or starmaker
plural star-makers or starmakers

Definition of star-maker

: someone or something that creates a star especially : a person or performance that makes or helps to make someone a star in the entertainment industry As producer and/or director, Judd Apatow is nothing less than a starmaker, elevating the careers of Steve Carell ("The 40-Year-Old Virgin"), Kristen Wiig ("Bridesmaids") and many more into legit movie stardom. — Matt Pais Jay Leno said he's looking forward to being a star-maker for young comedians on his new prime-time show. — Lynn Elber … Miller has no regrets. Unlike those other roles, her part in "Sister Act" is a star-maker. — Mark Kennedy

Other Words from star-maker

star-making \ ˈstär-​ˌmā-​kiŋ How to pronounce star-maker (audio) \ or less commonly starmaking adjective
a star-making performance/role

First Known Use of star-maker

1832, in the meaning defined above

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“Star-maker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2022.

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