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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Gigi has had a long-standing relationship with the tennis superstar. Isabel Greenberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "No One Had More Fun at the US Open Than Gigi and Bella Hadid," 5 Sep. 2018 Another amusing scene with Nassib came when coach Hue Jackson showed Nassib posing with pop superstar Taylor Swift before her recent concert in Cleveland. Tom Withers, The Seattle Times, "Grandma sees red on foul blue streak by Browns player on HBO," 13 Aug. 2018 That did little to diminish the respect of Fizdale, who had been an assistant to Erik Spoelstra in Miami when the Heat won two NBA championships and developed strong relationships with superstars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade. Brian Mahoney, Houston Chronicle, "Report: Knicks agree to deal with David Fizdale to be new coach," 3 May 2018 Real Madrid are reportedly preparing a bid worth £150m for Chelsea superstar Eden Hazard as the reigning European champions take their first steps towards replacing Cristiano Ronaldo following his seismic move to Juventus earlier this month., "Real Madrid Set to 'Formalise Interest' in Chelsea Superstar Eden Hazard With £150m Bid," 13 July 2018 Vonn, 33, who publicly dated superstar golfer Tiger Woods for three years until 2015 gladly accepted Subban’s compliment and shared her thoughts on his career as well. Julius Young, Fox News, "Lindsey Vonn's boyfriend P.K. Subban gushes over her: 'I haven’t met anyone who’s tougher than her yet'," 13 July 2018 Soccer superstar Cristiano Ronaldo is set to earn $131.5 million with the Italian club Juventus over the next four years. Chuck Schilken,, "Union plans walkout of Fiat Chrysler workers to protest Juventus' signing of Cristiano Ronaldo," 12 July 2018 In a move that reinforced Western Conference superiority, the Lakers signed superstar LeBron James this offseason from the Cleveland Cavaliers. Vince Ellis, Detroit Free Press, "Why Michigan's Moritz Wagner might be perfect fit for Lakers, LeBron James," 12 July 2018 But beneath the attention-getting promotion there was plenty of substance, as illustrated by his multiple collaborations with Celia Cruz and future salsa superstar Rubén Blades. James Porter, Chicago Reader, "Iconic Trombonist Willie Colón brings his Nuyorican sounds to Millennium Park," 12 July 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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