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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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
Recent Examples on the Web But that wasn’t all, as Lloyd Webber also had an equally starry compatriot to join him onstage. Vogue, 4 June 2022 That’s partly because juries sometimes assume a starry American movie doesn’t need the extra recognition, and also because Gray’s resolutely old-fashioned classical storytelling can draw indifference and scorn as well as admiration. Justin Changfilm Critic, Los Angeles Times, 19 May 2022 Next, hop on a vaportetto (that's a water bus for the uninitiated) and make your way to Gallerie dell'Accademia, where the starry British artist Anish Kapoor has a show that runs until October. Fiona Sinclair Scott, CNN, 14 May 2022 Something wicked—and very special—came to Broadway last week, as a starry new production of Macbeth finally opened at the Longacre Theatre. Vogue, 4 May 2022 Dust off your flower crowns: Coachella has revealed another massively starry line-up for 2022, with Harry Styles, Billie Eilish, and Kanye West all set to headline. Amel Mukhtar, Vogue, 13 Jan. 2022 Kenneth Branagh captains a starry new adaptation of an Agatha Christie murder mystery, with Gal Gadot and Armie Hammer as newlyweds and a killer loose on their honeymoon abroad. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, 10 Feb. 2022 There’s still much to appreciate, but fans of the starry Netflix version can probably sit this one out. Washington Post, 7 Jan. 2022 Other species, like the starry smooth-hound and tope sharks, were also found in the Thames river. Vanessa Etienne,, 11 Nov. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of starry

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

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“Starry.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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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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