start·​er | \ ˈstär-tər How to pronounce starter (audio) \

Definition of starter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a person who initiates or sets going: such as
a : an official who gives the signal to begin a race
b : one who dispatches vehicles
2a : one that engages in a competition especially : a member of a starting lineup
b : one that begins to engage in an activity or process
3 : one that causes something to begin operating: such as
a : a device for starting an engine especially : an electric motor used to start an internal combustion engine
b : material containing microorganisms (such as yeast) used to induce a desired fermentation
4 : something that is the beginning of a process, activity, or series especially : appetizer
for starters
: to begin with



Definition of starter (Entry 2 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being an item acquired with the expectation that a more elaborate or sophisticated model will be acquired in the future a starter home

Examples of starter in a Sentence

Noun The team is playing only five regular starters. The car's starter needs to be replaced.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Not that the Giants would use a traditional fifth starter anyway. John Shea,, "5 questions for Giants camp: Top prospects on fast track? Who’s the DH?," 27 June 2020 The Bearkats’ biggest hole to fill is at the quarterback spot in replacing two-year starter and two-year all-District player Bryce Corriston. Alvaro Montano, Houston Chronicle, "Klein football puts strength and conditioning camp on hold in light of COVID-19," 26 June 2020 Meder sneaks onto the rankings as a 15-game starter in 2016. Scott Patsko, cleveland, "Is Anthony Pleasant the best to wear No. 98? Ranking the best Browns to wear each jersey number: 96-99," 26 June 2020 For example: Jordan Lyles, the likely No. 5 starter, has more than 100 relief appearances in the majors. Dallas News, "5 key issues Rangers need to address in spring training 2.0," 25 June 2020 The Lions likely would not be strong contenders to sign Kaepernick unless a serious injury occurred to longtime starter Matthew Stafford and recently signed veteran backup Chase Daniel. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Sheila Ford Hamp: Detroit Lions can sign Colin Kaepernick if Bob Quinn, coaches choose to," 23 June 2020 Their familiarity is only going to be a plus for a Louisville offense that returns every starter other than Becton, Haycraft and wide receiver Seth Dawkins. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Why Louisville's interior offensive line, though overlooked, could be a big strength," 23 June 2020 My favorite starter stand is this one from On-Stage. Parker Hall, Wired, "The Best Gear to Learn Music Like a Pro," 21 June 2020 The Hennessy Hammock, designed for those under six feet tall and up to 250 pounds, is a great starter option. Megan Spurrell, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Hammocks to Get Your Backyard Ready for Summer Staycations," 18 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Chronicle has learned outfielder Dustin Fowler is going to Stockton, as are starter Daulton Jefferies and A’s first-round draft pick Tyler Soderstrom, both of whom live in nearby Turlock. Susan Slusser,, "5 questions for A’s camp: Stockton as taxi site? Surprise player headed there," 26 June 2020 Take 50% off a coffeemaker and 25% off beverages plus receive free shipping on a starter kit. oregonlive, "Better your home barista skills with these coffee-perfecting devices," 23 June 2020 For now, interest rate increases are a non-starter given the economy’s profound weakness. David J. Lynch, Washington Post, "Here’s one more economic problem the government’s response to the virus has unleashed: zombie firms," 23 June 2020 The issue has been one of the key changes sought by Democrats and one of the few that Republicans have dubbed a non-starter. Christal Hayes, USA TODAY, "Senate GOP to introduce police reform bill as House Democrats move forward on competing legislation," 18 June 2020 Their starter kit comes with the base station, a keypad, one door/window sensor, a motion sensor and a range extender. Whitson Gordon, NBC News, "The best home security systems in 2020: From cameras to alarms," 17 June 2020 Bourguet, a walk-on, is behind starter Jayden Daniels and Ethan Long on the Sun Devils' roster. Jeremy Cluff, azcentral, "Kedon Slovis, Tyler Shough lead Arizona high school quarterbacks on Pac-12 football teams," 16 June 2020 Mykhailiuk improved substantially from his rookie season, emerging as a starter midway through the 2019-20 season. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Why Detroit Pistons believe 'basketball purist' Svi Mykhailiuk is ready for leap," 14 June 2020 The White House has said reducing immunity for police is a non-starter. Kathryn Watson, CBS News, "Trump says chokeholds sound "innocent" and "perfect" at first but generally "should be ended"," 12 June 2020

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First Known Use of starter


1622, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1923, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of starter was in 1622

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30 Jun 2020

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“Starter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Jul. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of starter

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a player, horse, etc., that is in a game or race at its beginning
: someone who gives the signal for a race to start
: a device that is used for starting an engine



English Language Learners Definition of starter (Entry 2 of 2)

used to describe something small or basic that you get when you are doing something for the first time


start·​er | \ ˈstär-tər How to pronounce starter (audio) \

Kids Definition of starter

: someone or something that starts something or causes something else to start a car's starter There were seven starters in the race.

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