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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Nature is massive: Human forms are diminutive when measured against Dungo’s spare representations of starry skylines, butterflies, mountain ranges and, primarily, the ocean, a striking and dense blue against the panels’ abundant white space. Dominic Umile, Los Angeles Times, "Review: A lover of surfing, AJ Dungo finds connection and solace in ‘In Waves’," 9 Aug. 2019 Meteor showers are a great opportunity for time-lapse videos and long-exposure photography, allowing your shots of the night sky to turn into van Gogh-like paintings of this starry spectacle. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Look up for the Perseid meteor shower before it peaks during the full moon," 29 July 2019 The sizeable terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a BBQ or a movie under the starry sky. Lindsay Silberman, Town & Country, "The Best Room At...Trunk Hotel Tokyo," 19 July 2019 Gather around the fire pit and gaze up at the starry sky or relax in the hot tub right outside of the 2,500-square-foot barn. Andrew Clark, Indianapolis Star, "These are the most unique Airbnbs in Indiana, from a converted church to a treetop lodge," 17 July 2019 The lodgings were inexpensive and the starry skies were free for the looking. Los Angeles Times, "Escapes: Finding the solitude and sense of freedom that vacation affords," 18 July 2019 As Eilish's voice soared over Finneas' elegant guitar strums, the bed levitated over the stage in front of a starry backdrop. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Billie Eilish nothing short of mind blowing at Milwaukee's Summerfest, the biggest show of her career," 6 July 2019 Plant it in the front of gardens or wild areas, all the better to be starry-eyed. Ellen Nibali,, "Garden Q&A: The perfect flower for Fourth of July and misshapen strawberries," 27 June 2019 Things to do: Get starry-eyed with Borrego’s nightly celestial show – the town is an official International Dark Sky Community. Martina Schimitschek, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Borrego Springs: Low-key oasis with small-town vibe, set in the Anza-Borrego Desert," 27 June 2019

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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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