star·​light | \ ˈstär-ˌlīt How to pronounce starlight (audio) \

Definition of starlight

: the light given by the stars

Examples of starlight in a Sentence

We had to find our way by starlight.
Recent Examples on the Web Kenworthy and several other astronomers are now monitoring J1407 almost every night, awaiting the first fateful dip in starlight from the onset of the next transit. Lee Billings, Scientific American, "How to Map an Exoplanet's Rings," 1 Jan. 2016 But the source of starlight that was mysteriously brightening and dimming some 1,900 light-years away may top all those discoveries for its science fiction-like grandeur. New York Times, "Six Stars, Six Eclipses: ‘The Fact That It Exists Blows My Mind’," 23 Jan. 2021 Bereft of starlight, this era is invisible to optical observations. Anil Ananthaswamy, Scientific American, "Telescopes on Far Side of the Moon Could Illuminate the Cosmic Dark Ages," 15 Jan. 2021 The nighttime winter sky often shimmers with piercing, icy-like starlight. Gary Garth, USA TODAY, "No, cold-weather camping is not a terrible idea – and here's why you should try it," 27 Dec. 2020 When the clouds cleared, the icy world was revealed in starlight. Adventure, "The untold story of the boldest polar expedition of modern times," 23 Dec. 2020 That means a rocky planet at just the right distance from its star—a star similar to the sun—to soak up sufficient starlight to allow surface water to exist in liquid form. Marcus Woo, Scientific American, "Stellar Smashups May Fuel Planetary Habitability, Study Suggests," 17 Nov. 2020 The top notes are listed as cosmic dust and antimatter particles, the heart of the fragrance is described as starlight, the scent of Supernova, and the base notes are atmospheric vapour, and dark nebulae. Essence, "Travis Scott Teamed Up With Luxury Fragrance Brand Byredo Collection Inspired By Outer Space," 3 Dec. 2020 The ceiling has Rolls-Royce's famous starlight headliner speckled with dots of light from the tips of thousands of fiber optic cables. Peter Valdes-dapena, CNN, "Rolls-Royce's new Ghost: Still plenty posh, but more laid back," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of starlight

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Starlight.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of starlight

: the light produced by stars


star·​light | \ ˈstär-ˌlīt How to pronounce starlight (audio) \

Kids Definition of starlight

: the light given by the stars

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