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Definition of stellar

1a : of or relating to the stars : astral
b : composed of stars
2 : of or relating to a theatrical or film star stellar names
3a : principal, leading a stellar role
b : outstanding a stellar performance

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Stella, the Latin word for "star," shines brightly in the word constellation, but "stella" words have been favored by scientists to describe earthly things as much as heavenly bodies. "Stellar" was once used to mean "star-shaped." That use is no longer current, but today biologists and geologists might use one of thesesynonyms: "stellular," "stellate," and "stelliform." Poets, too, have looked to "stella." John Milton used "stellar" in its infancy when he wrote in Paradise Lost: "these soft fires … shed down their stellar virtue." "Stellar" shot into its leading role as a synonym of "star" (as when we say "stellar pupil") in the late 1800s.

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the rate of stellar expansion The movie has a stellar cast.
Recent Examples on the Web However, unlike his brother, the lack of success of Joey’s team caused his stellar season to fly below the radar. John Owning, Dallas News, "The NFL’s top 10 DEs entering 2020: Where does Cowboys’ DeMarcus Lawrence rank among the best?," 12 Feb. 2020 Johnson continued his stellar season with six 3-pointers in a 73-52 win at Noble and Greenough and hit seven triples in a 76-74 win over Thayer the next weekend, including the game-tying shot with under a minute to play. Nate Weitzer,, "At Phillips Andover, connection with coach helps Dallion Johnson bloom," 10 Feb. 2020 Vestavia Hills junior Ethan Strand won a second straight AHSAA Class 7A individual cross country championship last fall to highlight a stellar season. Josh Bean |, al, "Vestavia Hills state champ named state’s No. 1 boys cross country runner," 10 Feb. 2020 Ghosn built a stellar reputation for his managerial acumen in transforming Nissan over the last two decades from near-bankruptcy to one of the biggest global auto brands. Washington Post, "What we know about ex-Nissan boss Ghosn’s escape to Beirut," 3 Jan. 2020 A month off didn’t seem to bother Atwell Atwell had a stellar season. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville defeats Mississippi State in Music City Bowl, ends two-game bowl losing streak," 30 Dec. 2019 The victory helped solidify one of the more encouraging stretches of the Spurs’ otherwise less-than-stellar season to date. Jeff Mcdonald,, "Patty Mills, defense spark San Antonio Spurs past Brooklyn Nets," 20 Dec. 2019 Seven Lakes junior outside hitter Ally Batenhorst and sophomore setter Casey Batenhorst, Katy sophomore setter Maddie Waak and Tompkins sophomore outside hitter Paris Herrman all represented KISD after stellar seasons. Jack Marrion, Houston Chronicle, "Morton Ranch’s Brown voted AP Defensive Player of the Year," 20 Dec. 2019 The state meet concluded a stellar freshman season for King, who won the Highland Park Sectional in the 500 free and qualified for the state meet in the 200 free. Jon J. Kerr,, "Girls swimming notes: Mundelein’s Adry Kasemets earns second-place medal at state meet," 23 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of stellar

circa 1656, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for stellar

Late Latin stellaris, from Latin stella star — more at star

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The first known use of stellar was circa 1656

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“Stellar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of stellar

technical : of or relating to the stars
: very good

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