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Examples of stellar in a sentence
the rate of stellar expansion
The movie has a stellar cast.
Did You Know?
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 That use is no longer current, but today biologists and geologists might use one of thesesynonyms: "stellular," "stellate," and "stelliform."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.
Origin and Etymology of stellar
Late Latin stellaris, from Latin stella star — more at star
First Known Use: circa 1656
STELLAR Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of stellar for English Language Learners
: of or relating to the stars
: very good
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