su·​per·​star | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstär \

Definition of superstar 

1 : 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
2 : 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

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Other Words from superstar

superstardom \ ˈsü-​pər-​ˌstär-​dəm \ noun

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The team missed the playoffs in two of his previous three seasons despite having superstar Connor McDavid on its roster and the Oilers were just 9-10-1 entering their game Tuesday night at San Jose. Josh Dubow, The Seattle Times, "Edmonton Oilers fire McLellan, hire Hitchcock to take over," 21 Nov. 2018 And then there's shopping, but don't take our word for it: Check out street style superstar Tamu McPherson's favorite Milanese concept shops and Tod's creative director Andrea Incontri's picks for the city's best design stores. Meredith Carey, Condé Nast Traveler, "Flight Deal: U.S. to Milan from $420 Round-Trip," 17 Aug. 2018 Having superstars is, generally, a good thing for sports. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Breaking Down the New PGA Tour Schedule," 12 July 2018 As one of the youngest teams at the tournament and shorn of the bigger-name, underachieving superstars of previous years, few expected Southgate's squad to progress so far. NBC News, "England fans proud despite World Cup semifinal loss to Croatia," 12 July 2018 And oddly enough, the two-song rollout reflects a strategy superstars like Drake, Ed Sheeran, the Weeknd, and Camila Cabello have succeeded with in recent years. Chris Payne, Billboard, "Twenty One Pilots Sound Unconcerned With Pop Success on New Songs (Though 'Trench' Might Be Huge Anyway)," 11 July 2018 Cousins, a two-time All-NBA player who is coming off an Achilles injury, joins a roster that includes superstars Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry, and top-level players Klay Thompson and Draymond Green. Pete Grathoff, kansascity, "Upset Dodgers broadcaster caught on camera after hearing of DeMarcus Cousins' deal," 3 July 2018 But the lineup is also thick with young voices such as Kelela, Miguel, Dvsn and Daniel Caesar and superstars like Missy Elliott and Janet Jackson. Gerrick D. Kennedy,, "Smokin' Grooves, BET Experience offer varying ambitions for R&B, rap fans," 21 June 2018 Final flings This tournament is likely soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo’s last shot at winning a World Cup. Siobhan Morrin, Time, "Your Ultimate Guide to Watching the 2018 World Cup," 13 June 2018

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First Known Use of superstar

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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English Language Learners Definition of superstar

: an extremely famous and successful performer, athlete, etc.

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