star·​dom | \ ˈstär-dəm How to pronounce stardom (audio) \

Definition of stardom

: the status or position of a star

Examples of stardom in a Sentence

an actress who has achieved movie stardom

Recent Examples on the Web

That little boy with a passion for rockets ascended to stardom after Hitler plunged Germany into the Second World War. Alex Hollings, Popular Mechanics, "The Saturn V Story: From Nazi Roots to America's Moon Rocket," 6 Feb. 2019 Cash’s shoulders are stooped with the weight of his angel, Detroit, on one side and Lift, the devil CEO, on the other, and Stanfield, one senses, is sizing up stardom with the same hungry, humorous, haunted eyes. Ty Burr,, "Why we should be thankful for ‘Sorry to Bother You’," 11 July 2018 Nainggolan has had quite a sudden rise to stardom over the last few years., "Radja Nainggolan Confirms Inter Move But Insists the Decision to Leave Rome Was Not His," 22 June 2018 Morton, meanwhile, persevered through 10 DL stints in his career before finding stardom with the Astros. Bob Nightengale, USA TODAY, "Astros may have the 'nastiest' rotation ever - and thanks to Trevor Bauer, they're mad, too," 7 May 2018 After rocketing to stardom with Mean Girls and other projects, Lindsay Lohan faced a raft of legal troubles in the years following the film's release. Zoe Haylock, The Hollywood Reporter, "The Stars of 'Mean Girls': Where Are They Now?," 8 Apr. 2018 After taking the stage, the singer sits down for an interview about her music, influences, and rise to stardom over the last three years. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kelsea Ballerini Is Literally Shining in the First Look from Her Concert Special," 14 Dec. 2017 Her stardom may reinforce Hollywood’s status quo: white, blond, gorgeous. Vanessa Chow, Glamour, "Amber Heard Is Nobody’s Victim," 27 Nov. 2018 Asif Kapadia’s brilliant documentary, Amy, uses footage captured by her friends and family during the full scope of her stardom: its ascent, peak, and downward spiral. Vogue, "These Are the 66 Best Documentaries of All Time," 8 Aug. 2018

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First Known Use of stardom

1865, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of stardom was in 1865

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English Language Learners Definition of stardom

: the state of being a very famous performer

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