star·​lit | \ ˈstär-ˌlit \

Definition of starlit

: lighted by the stars

Examples of starlit in a Sentence

We slept outdoors under a starlit sky.

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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 Misty, starlit paintings of the Holland America fleet – Steve Silberman, WIRED, "Scripting on the Lido Deck," 1 Oct. 2000

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First Known Use of starlit

1813, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of starlit

: lighted by the stars


star·​lit | \ ˈstär-ˌlit \

Kids Definition of starlit

: lighted by the stars a starlit night

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