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

Examples of superstar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As the braggadocios smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon, Ford even had chemistry with a guy in a Wookie costume and quickly proved the galaxy had a new superstar on its hands. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Harrison Ford turns 78 today; Here are his 10 best movies," 13 July 2020 In announcing the decision, Ohanian, who is married to tennis superstar Serena Williams, appeared to reference Reddit’s hosting of hateful commentary. Craig Timberg, Washington Post, "Reddit closes long-running forum supporting President Trump after years of policy violations," 29 June 2020 Thursday's season 3 finale of Jersey Shore Family Vacation will allegedly mark the reality superstar's final appearance in the franchise. Derek Lawrence,, "The party's leaving: Snooki's snookiest Jersey Shore moments," 18 June 2020 Ohanian, who is married to tennis superstar Serena Williams, said Tuesday in an Instagram post.he fell asleep in his car, drunk, high and with weed on him. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Some white people are sharing their experiences with cops in effort to highlight disparities," 17 June 2020 Van Gundy successfully landed a superstar, but the 2018 season ended up being his last before he was fired. Omari Sankofa Ii, Detroit Free Press, "Brandon Jennings' Achilles tear in 2015 altered the course of Detroit Pistons for years," 3 June 2020 Years before linking with Pras and Mya, Dirty became the ghetto superstar. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Power and Business of Hip-Hop: A Reading List on an American Art Form," 12 Sep. 2010 Global music superstar Mariah Carey is releasing her first memoir, The Meaning of Mariah Carey, on Sept. 29, Andy Cohen Books and Audible announced Thursday. Lauren Huff,, "Mariah Carey to release 'unfiltered' memoir in September — here are all the details," 9 July 2020 That turnaround was too swift for a team that added two new players, rested their bona fide superstar and worked around ever-changing hero pools. Sean Collins, Dallas News, "How the Dallas Fuel transitioned from getting swept to doing the sweeping," 29 June 2020

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First Known Use of superstar

1914, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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2 Aug 2020

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“Superstar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of superstar

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

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