su·​per·​star ˈsü-pər-ˌstär How to pronounce superstar (audio)
: a star (as in sports or the movies) who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, and can usually command a high salary
But last year, when people started posting hits from superstars like Madonna and Puff Daddy on the Web, where anyone could download them for free, the record companies went ballistic. N'Gai Croal et al.
The notion that superstars are protected by NBA refs is neither a new nor a particularly farfetched one. Jack McCallum
: one that is very prominent or is a prime attraction
From Wolfgang Puck to Alice Waters, America's leading chefs have become superstars. Marian Burros
With that the judge sentenced the one time superstar investor to three years in prison for his role in the largest insider-trading scandal in history. Time Magazine
Chardonnay is the superstar among white-wine grapes … Barbara Ensrud
superstardom noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Justin Verlander had a meeting with the Dodgers, according to a person with knowledge of the situation who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly, marking the team’s latest effort to woo the free-agent superstar and bolster its rotation. Houston Mitchell, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2022 The sprain will keep the Brazilian superstar out of Monday's match against Switzerland, though he hasn't been ruled out of the World Cup completely. Usa Today Sports Staff, USA TODAY, 28 Nov. 2022 Tom Brady and the Buccaneers lost in overtime to the Browns on Sunday in Cleveland, the game following the NFL superstar's first Thanksgiving since his divorce from Gisele Bündchen. Ryan Parker, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2022 Salisu got there first—a sign of the times, really—but caught Ronaldo’s foot, and the superstar tumbled in the box. Hua Hsu, The New Yorker, 26 Nov. 2022 Now will chronicle the past few decades of the superstar's life, including the couple's reunion and their summer of love earlier this year. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 26 Nov. 2022 The struggling superstar is squatting in Colorado, barely holding it together. Theara Coleman, The Week, 25 Nov. 2022 Over the most turbulent few months of his 20-year career, the Portuguese superstar has seen his status in the game violently re-evaluated, as what had been an emotional homecoming to Manchester United turned into a workplace nightmare. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, 24 Nov. 2022 Dressed in red track pants, a teal blazer, and his signature specs, the superstar took his seat at his piano, which had been wheeled out directly onto Fifth Avenue, where traffic was temporarily stopped. Vogue, 23 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of superstar was in 1914

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“Superstar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2022.

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su·​per·​star ˈsü-pər-ˌstär How to pronounce superstar (audio)
: a star (as in sports or the movies) who is considered extremely talented, has great public appeal, and can usually command a high salary
superstardom noun

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