star·​burst | \ ˈstär-ˌbərst How to pronounce starburst (audio) \

Definition of starburst

: something (such as a pattern) that resembles diverging rays of light starbursts of color

Examples of starburst in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The duchess kept her neck bare and her loose, straight hair away from her face to showcase a par if dainty diamond starburst earrings. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 19 May 2022 The royal style maven paired the elegant number with black pumps and a matching clutch, as well as starburst drop earrings. Sophie Dweck, Town & Country, 19 May 2022 Yet these rare collisions would be energetically insignificant, compared with the energy generated by the nuclear starburst—or by a rapidly accreting supermassive black hole that just received a supply of fuel from the galactic merger. Scientific American, 1 Apr. 2022 Together, the two aspired to draw audiences with an array of elaborate decor, including towering Moorish arches, starburst ceiling artwork and large Asian-style urns. Laura Kiniry, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Jan. 2022 Its star dangle crystal necklace is fun, while the Stella starburst necklace is eye-catching. Robin Raven, Forbes, 27 Jan. 2022 There’s Trevor Noah wearing a diamond starburst pin from Tiffany & Co. at the 2021 Grammy Awards. Rory Satran, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2022 Decor and cooking have now aligned into one brilliant starburst of a restaurant. Washington Post, 27 Dec. 2021 Named for the yellow starburst pattern on their shells, these tortoises are found only in Madagascar and play an important role in regenerating native forests. Lindsey Mcginnis, The Christian Science Monitor, 8 Nov. 2021 See More

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'starburst.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of starburst

1928, in the meaning defined above

Learn More About starburst

Time Traveler for starburst

Time Traveler

The first known use of starburst was in 1928

See more words from the same year

Dictionary Entries Near starburst



star cactus

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for starburst

Last Updated

21 Jun 2022

Cite this Entry

“Starburst.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2022.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on starburst

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for starburst


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Named After People

  • name tags
  • Namesake of the leotard, Jules Léotard had what profession?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

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