star·​let ˈstär-lət How to pronounce starlet (audio)
: a young movie actress being coached and publicized for starring roles

Examples of starlet in a Sentence

She was a starlet in the 1940s.
Recent Examples on the Web The Hollywood starlet later died in a car accident in 1982. Abby Montanez, Robb Report, 7 Feb. 2024 These starlets within the nebula release intense radiation that makes the surrounding hydrogen gas take on a pinkish hue with the filters used to create the image. Laura Baisas, Popular Science, 21 Dec. 2023 This time, the beloved Hollywood starlet made an ultra chic entrance at the Fendi presentation. Alex Kessler, Vogue, 25 Jan. 2024 Hale was a starlet and part of Clare Luce’s circle who threw herself from the top of Hampshire House, the Central Park South apartment building, after her fiancé, FDR adviser Harry Hopkins, dumped her. Brian T. Allen, National Review, 13 Jan. 2024 Images Press/Getty Images For her part, Margot Robbie may have made her way down the red carpet on her own two slingbacks, but the look was still the most refreshing of palate cleansers after months of saccharine-sweet fashion from the starlet. Hayley Maitland, Glamour, 13 Jan. 2024 While there were still plenty of starlets who preferred classic red, the 1930s marked a decade of peak peach in Hollywood. Katy Kelleher,, 20 Dec. 2023 The residence, built in 1929, was the only home the starlet owned independently. Emily St. Martin, Los Angeles Times, 7 Sep. 2023 After lying fallow for over a millennium following the fall of Rome, Capri was reborn as a destination for bohemian expats in the 19th century and as a playground for La Dolce Vita–era starlets in the 1950s and ’60s. Lucy Alexander, Robb Report, 29 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of starlet was in 1910

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“Starlet.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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star·​let ˈstär-lət How to pronounce starlet (audio)
: a young movie actress

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