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 Nestled right near Sam Houston State Park and National Forest, this tree house escape opens up to a starlit night sky through a clear roof. Alison Medley, Chron, "The 11 best glamping getaways are just a road trip away from Houston," 2 Mar. 2021 Spend a starlit winter evening out in hunting country, standing by your vehicle and listening for the yips, yowls, and howls of coyotes. Toby Walrath, Outdoor Life, "Coyote Nation: A Crash Course in Coyote Hunting," 25 Jan. 2021 For one thing, only the middle movement delivers what might be called starlit romanticism. Scott Cantrell, Dallas News, "An elegantly structured Dallas Symphony program, but performances weren’t the best," 7 Mar. 2020 Many people on social media have also posted photos of Escamilla alive in an attempt to counteract the publication of the images, while others have tagged her in posts showing scenes of natural beauty, including sunsets and starlit skies. Natalie Gallón, CNN, "A 25-year-old woman was brutally murdered and skinned in Mexico. Then newspapers published photos of the body," 13 Feb. 2020 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

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First Known Use of starlit

1813, in the meaning defined above

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16 Mar 2021

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“Starlit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2021.

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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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