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

Examples of superstar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The first two are April 12 and 13, the stadium tour kickoff for country superstar Luke Combs. Journal Sentinel, 10 Apr. 2024 Oscar-nominee Colman Domingo (as Joe Jackson) and Nia Long (as Katherine Jackson) will portray the superstar’s parents. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 10 Apr. 2024 Shortly after Kelce, 36, and his former Philadelphia Eagles teammate Lane Johnson removed their luchador masks to reveal their identities, one broadcaster said the former NFL center was a member of the pop superstar’s family. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 9 Apr. 2024 End of carousel Chief’s, which just opened last week, is a venture from Wallen’s friend and fellow country superstar Eric Church. Avi Selk, Washington Post, 8 Apr. 2024 The country superstar is no stranger to courting controversy. Shania Russell,, 8 Apr. 2024 Country superstar Morgan Wallen was arrested last night (April 7) in Nashville after allegedly tossing a chair from the roof of a downtown bar and was briefly jailed before being released, according to Nashville TV station WKRN. Spin Staff, SPIN, 8 Apr. 2024 In addition to being the music superstar’s beau, the Kansas City Chiefs tight end is also a big aficionado of J.M. Smucker’s Uncrustables, which has helped put the frozen crustless peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at the center of pop culture and fueled a sales boom. Byphil Wahba, Fortune, 8 Apr. 2024 The superstar also reached No. 1 on the Billboard 200 album chart, with 407,000 equivalent album units earned in the U.S. the week ending April 4. USA TODAY, 8 Apr. 2024

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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 21 Apr. 2024.

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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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