star·​ry | \ ˈstär-ē How to pronounce starry (audio) \
starrier; starriest

Definition of starry

1a : adorned with stars especially : star-studded
b : of, relating to, or consisting of stars : stellar
c : shining like stars : sparkling
d : having parts arranged like the rays of a star : stellate
2 : as high as or seemingly as high as the stars starry speculations

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Synonyms for starry


astral, star, stellar

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Examples of starry in a Sentence

the starry light of the firmament on a clear night had the starry idea the Western military forces would waltz in there and put an end to rivalries that have been raging for hundreds of years

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As for the Hollywood dream factory, Israel offers just the right amount of its starry-eyed aspiration. Celia Ellenberg, Vogue, "What Does L.A. Smell Like? Alex Israel and Louis Vuitton Bottle It Up," 18 Mar. 2019 At a starry-eyed spot in the tiny village of Taillores, the legendary Auberge and its calm cove are a 30-minute drive from Annecy. Elizabeth Wellington, Vogue, "Exploring Annecy, the Venice of the French Alps," 7 Nov. 2018 To compensate, the film academy has apparently sought to populate the telecast with starry presenters. Jake Coyle, The Seattle Times, "Screen Actors Guild slams film academy for Oscar tactics," 15 Jan. 2019 By night, the lights evoke a starry night, illuminating the midnight blue sofas below. Sarah Hucal, Curbed, "At revamped 1920s hotel, Scandi cool meets Japanese craft," 28 Sep. 2018 With the first three-sack game of a starry career, Lotulelei keyed an eight-sack uprising for Carolina against Carson Palmer. Peter King,, "Raiders are Scary and Good," 1 Nov. 2016 From candles to cups to a simple string of starry lights in the dining room, a little bit of gold goes a long way. Chanel Vargas, Town & Country, "16 Stylish Thanksgiving Table Decorating Ideas," 6 Aug. 2018 The video shows just that, featuring Allison singing up against a vintage Chevy in a field under a starry Nashville sky in the first few scenes. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Soccer Mommy's "Scorpio Rising" Video Turns Loneliness into Something Magical," 16 July 2018 Lows settle into the upper 50s to low 60s under starry skies. David Streit, Washington Post, "D.C.-area forecast: Warm and pleasantly dry today; scattered thundershowers this weekend," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of starry

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of starry was in the 15th century

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English Language Learners Definition of starry

: full of stars
: having a shape like a star
: including many famous actors, athletes, etc.


star·​ry | \ ˈstär-ē How to pronounce starry (audio) \
starrier; starriest

Kids Definition of starry

1 : full of stars starry heavens
2 : shining like stars starry eyes
3 : having parts arranged like a star The spokes of the cogwheel stood out in starry rays …— Mary Norton, The Borrowers

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