stargazer

noun

star·​gaz·​er ˈstär-ˌgā-zər How to pronounce stargazer (audio)
1
: one who gazes at the stars: such as
2
: any of various marine bony fishes (families Uranoscopidae and Dactyloscopidae) with the eyes on top of a blocky or conical head

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Great for the beginning stargazer. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 10 Sep. 2020 Cincinnati stargazers may have witnessed a special rendezvous as the International Space Station (ISS) glided past the moon Sunday night. Dean Regas, The Enquirer, 3 Apr. 2023 The five planets will come within 50 degrees of each other, a tight bunch compared to their usual spread, giving stargazers of all ages an opportunity to meet our planetary neighbors. Briley Lewis, Popular Science, 27 Mar. 2023 Although Tuesday evening is the best time to see the alignment, stargazers can witness the event several days before and after Tuesday. oregonlive, 27 Mar. 2023 Wine lovers will enjoy living in the midst of more than 100 wineries in the area, and stargazers will appreciate the city's status as a Dark Sky Community, with measures to minimize light pollution. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 25 Mar. 2023 Centuries after the Holy See muzzled Roman Catholic stargazers for questioning the centrality of the Earth in the cosmos, Jesuit astronomers from the Vatican’s in-house observatory are increasingly writing their names in the heavens. Elisabetta Povoledo, New York Times, 22 Mar. 2023 Light pollution’s devastating impact While the campaign to save the darkness from is often associated with stargazers wanting to see more stars, Ynys Enlli’s designation has much to do with limiting the devastating impact of light pollution on wildlife. Jamie Carter, Forbes, 22 Feb. 2023 Monday and Tuesday nights are expected to be a treat for stargazers as multiple celestial events are expected to take place. Beck Andrew Salgado, Journal Sentinel, 27 Mar. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'stargazer.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of stargazer was in 1560

Dictionary Entries Near stargazer

Cite this Entry

“Stargazer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/stargazer. Accessed 30 May. 2023.

More from Merriam-Webster on stargazer

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

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