star·​dust ˈstär-ˌdəst How to pronounce stardust (audio)
: a feeling or impression of romance, magic, or ethereality

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Out on the road again, even with Dame Helen Mirren around to do any introductory honors, stardust will surely be in the air. Chris Willman, Variety, 1 May 2023 When a massive star explodes, the spray of stardust collides with interstellar gas, forming an outgoing shock wave. Sarah Scoles, Discover Magazine, 4 Apr. 2014 The sleeves here are the star, hanging off her arms like clouds speckled with stardust. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 10 Mar. 2023 While space onscreen has largely been a white frontier, part of bringing a Black family to space in a meaningful way meant things recognizable to Black people would be tucked among the planets and stardust. Abbey White, The Hollywood Reporter, 18 Feb. 2023 The audience and perhaps more consequently the board of directors cultivated by Cates may have preferred their grit with a bit more stardust. Charles Mcnulty, Los Angeles Times, 14 Sep. 2022 But while we are all made of stardust, there seems to be a lot more of it in the universe than scientists can explain from a basic cataloging of obvious sources. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 17 Mar. 2023 Reddinger talked about the brand’s use of Aerogel, which was previously used to capture stardust and insulate the Mars Rover Unit. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 14 Mar. 2023 Clichés aside, we are literally made of stardust. Priyamvada Natarajan, The New York Review of Books, 15 June 2021 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1906, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stardust was in 1906

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“Stardust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2023.

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