star·​lit | \ ˈstär-ˌlit How to pronounce starlit (audio) \

Definition of starlit

: lighted by the stars

Examples of starlit in a Sentence

We slept outdoors under a starlit sky.
Recent Examples on the Web On a starlit night long ago, as the story goes, three wise men brought gifts to baby Jesus in a stable. Rachel Fobar, National Geographic, "Frankincense trees—of biblical lore—are being tapped out for essential oils," 13 Dec. 2019 In the absurdist latest trip into Martin’s sharp, demented mind, two married couples get together for a starlit dinner party to watch a once-in-a-lifetime meteor shower. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "‘The Scottsboro Boys’ and ‘Disgraced’ part of Beck Center’s ambitious lineup: Fall Theater Preview 2019," 29 Sep. 2019 Alexandra’s starlit memoir recounting her adventure is no Thoreauvian nature journal. Ailsa Ross, Longreads, "Mountains, Transcending," 9 Aug. 2019 But on this perfect, cool, starlit Friday night in 2019, though, there wasn’t a blank seat in the pavilion . . . or an empty space on the lawn. Chuck Yarborough,, "Hootie & the Blowfish reunion has a sold-out Blossom singing ‘Only Wanna Be With You’," 27 July 2019 The painting features a large wooden ship sailing through the cosmos, ferrying passengers through starlit darkness. Ben Brazil,, "Festival of Arts returns to Laguna Beach on Thursday," 3 July 2018 Also lyrical are paintings, deep blue under a starlit sky. Susan Faust, San Antonio Express-News, "Harriet Tubman, Africa and Planet Earth star in new books for kids," 7 Feb. 2018 This holographic navy blue that reminds us of a starlit night sky. Sarah Wu, Teen Vogue, "Amazon Handmade Gift Shop: The Best Underrated Beauty Products," 25 Oct. 2017 The rich reds, bronzes, and greens are topped off with a starlit lilac that's perfect for rainbow strobing. Sarah Wu, Teen Vogue, "All the ColourPop Sephora Launches You Can Get in November," 26 Oct. 2017

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First Known Use of starlit

1813, in the meaning defined above

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3 Jan 2020

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“Starlit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of starlit

: lighted by the stars


star·​lit | \ ˈstär-ˌlit How to pronounce starlit (audio) \

Kids Definition of starlit

: lighted by the stars a starlit night

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