su·​per·​star | \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstär How to pronounce superstar (audio) \

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 How to pronounce superstardom (audio) \ noun

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Saturday’s win was typical for the Clippers, a team without a superstar that’s getting production from everywhere. Steve Dilbeck, The Seattle Times, "Harrell, Clippers stay hot in 132-108 win over Cavaliers," 30 Mar. 2019 Jose Quintana, whom the Cubs traded a future superstar to acquire, has been closer to mediocre than elite. David Haugh,, "Kyle Hendricks' mastery of Giants suggests sabbatical over for 'The Professor'," 10 July 2018 An offseason that began with them publicly declaring their goal of landing a superstar ended with the gang more or less back together. David Murphy,, "Sixers might look the same, but potential for improvement is huge | David Murphy," 6 July 2018 Though the superstar is best known for her over-the-top wardrobe, her latest street style turn is proof that quiet fashion choices can turn just as many heads. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Gets a Headstart on Fashion’s New Mood," 24 Mar. 2019 Days after Ariana Grande and fiancé Pete Davidson made their red carpet debut as a couple at the 2018 VMAs, the pop superstar is teasing when their wedding will take place. Allie Fasanella, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Revealed Another Hint About Her Wedding Date on Good Morning America," 22 Aug. 2018 The 2017 Louisville Cardinals, for the most part, were a talented team that won if their transcendent superstar was electric enough to overwhelm the other team and lost otherwise. Jake Lourim, The Courier-Journal, "U of L Insider: New stars must step up for Lamar Jackson-less Cards," 11 July 2018 Both in their thirties, the superstars are unlikely to return in Qatar in 2022. John Leicester,, "Winds of football change blow at Russia World Cup," 7 July 2018 Most recently, Walker’s name has been connected to the Cleveland Cavaliers as a possible inducement to convince superstar LeBron James to stay there. Rick Bonnell, charlotteobserver, "Hornets' Kemba Walker hears trade rumors, says he has a strategy for dealing with them," 29 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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