stel·​la ˈste-lə How to pronounce stella (audio)
: an experimental international coin based on the metric system that was issued by the U.S. in 1879 and 1880 and was worth about four dollars

Word History


Latin, star; from the star on the reverse

First Known Use

1879, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of stella was in 1879

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Cite this Entry

“Stella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Biographical Definition


biographical name

Stel·​la ˈste-lə How to pronounce Stella (audio)
Frank Philip 1936–     American artist
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