stel·​la | \ ˈste-lə How to pronounce stella (audio) \

Definition of stella

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: 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


biographical name
Stel·​la | \ ˈste-lə How to pronounce Stella (audio) \

Definition of Stella (Entry 2 of 2)

Frank Philip 1936–     American artist

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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Ah, yes, the rock star, the species (and often specious) petra stella, in the Latin. Chris Jones,, "'Birdland' at Steep: You're treated like a god, people throw themselves at you — what does it mean to be a rock star?," 6 Apr. 2018 Despite Arsenal sitting in 6th position, Mesut Ozil has had a stella season., "Barcelona Set to Spoil the Manchester United Party as They Look to Sign Mesut Ozil," 27 Dec. 2017 If for any reason Stella does not complete the training program, foundation officials will find a home for her. Susannah Bryan,, "Frisky dog overwhelms 5 families; pet shelter finds her a job," 1 June 2017

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First Known Use of stella


1879, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for stella


Latin, star; from the star on the reverse

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“Stella.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2020.

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