superstar

noun su·per·star \ ˈsü-pər-ˌstär \
|Updated on: 14 Jun 2018

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

superstardom

play \ˈsü-pər-ˌstär-dəm\ noun

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First Known Use of superstar

1914

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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SUPERSTAR Defined for English Language Learners

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Definition of superstar for English Language Learners

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



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