star·​let | \ ˈstär-lət How to pronounce starlet (audio) \

Definition of starlet

: a young movie actress being coached and publicized for starring roles

Examples of starlet in a Sentence

She was a starlet in the 1940s.

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The look was '50s Hollywood starlet meets the board game Pretty Pretty Princess. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Bella Hadid Just Cut Her Hair Into a Pixie, and We Almost Didn’t Recognize Her," 7 May 2019 Fellow Hollywood starlets are showing lots of love in the comments section. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Julia Roberts' New Tousled Lob Is the Shortest Cut She's Worn in Years," 18 Mar. 2019 After killing it twice as Sunset Boulevard's aging starlet Norma Desmond, Close is sure to pull it of again. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Glenn Close's Sunset Boulevard Remake Is Moving Forward with a Newly Announced Director," 4 Mar. 2019 Prince Harry issued a statement through Kensington Palace defending the starlet and expressing concerns for her safety. Fox News, "From sex rehab to infidelity: 2016 sex scandals," 28 Dec. 2016 There’s his starlet daughter, Ramsey, the sometime lover of Josephine Baker, and his son Montgomery, a World War I hero who steps into the mud pit of Deep South politics. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: The Flavor of the American Century," 15 Feb. 2019 The Oregon native, who left home at age 16 with her family's blessing to pursue modeling in New York City, quickly blossomed into a sought-after starlet. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Rebecca Schaeffer's mother recalls star's tragic death in one-woman show," 18 July 2018 And now, according to Spanish outlet AS, he's attracted the attention of Arsenal boss Unai Emery, who has quietly been plotting a move for the starlet., "Arsenal Boss Unai Emery Turns Attention to €30m-Rated Argentina World Cup Forward," 4 July 2018 Deborah then went on to establish the Door as the smarter, sharper option, frequented by starlets such as Elizabeth Taylor and Zsa Zsa Gabor, who preferred monogrammed stationery and breakfast in bed to communal living. Daisy Finer, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Golden Door Is the World's Most Iconic Spa," 21 Dec. 2018

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1910, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of starlet

: a young movie actress

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