star·​ry | \ˈstär-ē \
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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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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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 As evening arrived, there was more starry tennis, including matches with Juan Martin del Potro and Novak Djokovic, on the comeback road himself after a rocky patch. Jason Gay, WSJ, "My Manic Monday at Wimbledon," 9 July 2018 Even with its modestly starry cast, including a final screen credit for the late John Hurt, audiences are unlikely to be either shaken or stirred when Vertical Entertainment open the film in theaters on July 20. Stephen Dalton, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Damascus Cover': Film Review," 4 July 2018 There are 30 options to pick from, including the vampire teddy and starry night bat. Cincinnati Enquirer,, "Build-a-Bear flop: Didn't get to 'pay your age? Try this.," 13 July 2018 Averaging about a letter a month, the duo simply never ran out of things to say — and while their early letters tell the story of two starry-eyed kids facing their future, their exchanges as adults took on deeper topics. Sarah Schreiber, Good Housekeeping, "Two People Who Have Been Pen Pals for 42 Years Meet for the First Time," 2 May 2017 The park offers a Night Explorer Junior Ranger program for kids who want to learn more about the starry sky. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "These Are the Best Stargazing Spots in North America," 13 July 2018 All of the international cooperation is to be commended, however watching movies on the islands under starry skies is what summer should be about. Ioannis Pappos, Town & Country, "Is This the World's Most Glamorous Place to Watch Movies?," 10 July 2018 The interior has a painted starry sky ceiling with wall murals and accents to recreate a Spanish town square, including potted geraniums, gurgling fountains, soft music and a stone floor. Philip Potempa, Post-Tribune, "Guide to outdoor dining in Chicago suburbs and NWI: Don Quijote Restaurante in Valparaiso," 5 July 2018

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First Known Use of starry

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

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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 \
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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