noun, often attributive
\ ˈstär How to pronounce star (audio) \

Definition of star

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1a : a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night
b : a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions
2a(1) : a planet or a configuration of the planets that is held in astrology to influence one's destiny or fortune usually used in plural
(2) : a waxing or waning fortune or fame her star was rising
b obsolete : destiny
3a : a conventional figure with five or more points that represents a star especially : asterisk
b : an often star-shaped ornament or medal worn as a badge of honor, authority, or rank or as the insignia of an order
c : one of a group of conventional stars used to place something in a scale of value
4 : something resembling a star was hit on the head and saw stars
5a : the principal member of a theatrical or operatic company who usually plays the chief roles
b : a highly publicized theatrical or motion-picture performer
c : an outstandingly talented performer a track star
d : a person who is preeminent in a particular field


starred; starring; stars

Definition of star (Entry 2 of 3)

1a intransitive : to play the most prominent or important role in a movie, play, etc. an actor currently starring in a hit Broadway show She had a starring role in his latest film. (figurative) Tequila and blood oranges star in this Margarita, which gets a spicy kick from homemade jalapeño syrup.— Natalie Migliarini
b transitive : to feature (a performer) in the most prominent or important role a movie that stars a famous stage personality
2 intransitive : to perform outstandingly In the fall of 1925, Elkins starred on the gridiron …— Bil Gilbert [Alan] Trammell, who starred for the Tigers at shortstop during the glory days of the 1980s …— Jeff Bradley
3 transitive
a : to mark with a star as being superior or preeminent in some way a monument starred in the guidebook a starred review
b : to mark with an asterisk
4 transitive : to sprinkle or adorn with or as if with stars … meadows starred with buttercups and daisies.— Kenneth Roberts



Definition of star (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : of, relating to, or being a star received star billing
2 : of outstanding excellence : preeminent a star athlete

Other Words from star


starless \ ˈstär-​ləs How to pronounce star (audio) \ adjective
starlike \ ˈstär-​ˌlīk How to pronounce star (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for star

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Adjective

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Examples of star in a Sentence

Noun They gazed up at the stars. There are billions of stars in the universe. I'm glad we didn't use the tent. It's so much nicer to sleep outside under the stars. The restaurant was awarded four stars for excellence. Critics give the movie three stars. Verb The new television series stars a famous movie actress. a concert starring some of the biggest names in the business He starred in both baseball and football when he was in college. She starred for the basketball team last year. This restaurant is starred in the guidebook. Adjective looking for star actors to play the leads See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun By 18, Naomi started practicing at the Evert Tennis Academy, where other star athletes, such as Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens, would play. SELF, 8 May 2022 Passengers departing Amsterdam on KLM in World Business Class can now enjoy a new menu by Dutch star chef Jonnie Boer and sommelier Thérèse Boer of restaurant De Librije. Ramsey Qubein, Forbes, 8 May 2022 Katie Barstow is Hollywood’s biggest star in 1964 — imagine Natalie Wood. Denise Davidsonwriter, San Diego Union-Tribune, 8 May 2022 And Doncic's star has continued to rise in the NBA, earning the 2018–2019 Rookie of the Year Award. Cydney Henderson, USA TODAY, 8 May 2022 Warriors star Steph Curry might be smiling as well. Christopher Kuhagen, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 7 May 2022 Pose star Dyllón Burnside echoed Cruz’s sentiment about the importance of telling people’s stories. Christy Piña, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 May 2022 Diners pay thousands of dollars to relinquish control to Michelin-star chefs for bespoke tasting menus. Jen Murphy, Robb Report, 7 May 2022 The Grizzlies star point guard still got his, finishing with 34 points on shooting, with three rebounds and seven assists in 36 minutes before an injury could have huge implications on this series depending on its severity. C.j. Holmes, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Beginning in 2023, Ncuti Gatwa will star as the 14th doctor on the BBC's Doctor Who, the network announced Sunday. Abigail Adams,, 8 May 2022 The movie, which will mark the first-ever live-action Marvel movie to star a Latino actor is just part of his expansion beyond music. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 6 May 2022 The eight-episode series is also set to star Mary McDonnell, Mark Hamill and Carla Gugino. Anika Reed, USA TODAY, 6 May 2022 Dallas Mavericks star Luka Doncic had a run-in with a Phoenix Suns fan at halftime of Game 2 of their NBA Playoffs series on Wednesday night. Jeremy Cluff, The Arizona Republic, 5 May 2022 Variety has learned exclusively that Aryan Simhadri will star as Grover with Leah Sava Jeffries set to play Annabeth. Joe Otterson, Variety, 5 May 2022 Ekwonu is an elite prospect who can fill a huge hole at left tackle, and his dominance in the running game should help star running back Christian McCaffrey get back on track. Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2022 The next year, Michael Kors outfitted the Little Fires Everywhere star in black and silver with a blunt bob. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, 3 May 2022 It was also announced last month that Bad Bunny would soon star in 2024's El Muerto, an origin story for a wrestling villain within the Spider-Man universe. Bianca Betancourt, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 May 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective At that event were Bleat director Yorgos Lanthimos and Stone's co-star Damien Bonnard. Aimée Lutkin, ELLE, 8 May 2022 What could make the Thompson Denver stand out from other boutique hotels in the area is the food and beverage program, spearheaded by Michelin-star French chef Ludo Lefebvre. Rachel King, Fortune, 7 May 2022 Additionally, the traction is a star highlight with this pair of waterproof hikers. Lauren Breedlove, Travel + Leisure, 6 May 2022 Their inspiration—and co-star, to a large extent—is Bradford Washburn, who appears visually, vocally and also photographically. John Anderson, WSJ, 5 May 2022 Thousands of Breaking Bad fans lined up in downtown Orlando to meet the actor, who was in Orlando to autograph bottles of his Dos Hombres mezcal, created with co-star Bryan Cranston. Amanda Kondolojy, Orlando Sentinel, 5 May 2022 Carasig's breakdown came after co-star Alvin Quah (originally from the 2010 season) began hyperventilating in a state of panic last week during a challenge set by celebrity guest chef Adriano Zumbo. Alicia Vrajlal,, 3 May 2022 Notice not just the star portal but also the sci-fi New York skyline in the background. Chris Smith, BGR, 2 May 2022 Rose also said they were forced back to work just 10 days after undergoing surgery and leveled accusations of unprofessional behavior against co-star Dougray Scott. Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter, 29 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of star


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1592, in the meaning defined at sense 4


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for star


Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; akin to Old High German sterno star, Latin stella, Greek astēr, astron

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\ ˈstär How to pronounce star (audio) \

Kids Definition of star

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : any of the heavenly bodies except planets which are visible at night and look like fixed points of light
2 : a figure or object with five or more points that represents or suggests a star in the sky
3 : a very talented or popular performer a movie star
4 : a planet that is believed in astrology to influence someone's life She was born under a lucky star.
5 : the principal member of a theater or opera company


starred; starring

Kids Definition of star (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : to mark with a star or an asterisk as being special or very good
2 : to present in the role of a star The show stars my favorite actor.
3 : to play the most important role She will star in a new play.
4 : to perform in an outstanding manner She starred in soccer this season.



Kids Definition of star (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : being favored or very popular the teacher's star pupil a star athlete
2 : being of outstanding excellence a star chef

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