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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But this was two nights after Curran’s unfortunate viral moment with music superstars Beyonce and Jay-Z. Jose Carlos Fajardo, The Mercury News, "Beyonce controversy aside, Nicole Curran always shines as Warriors’ style icon," 8 June 2019 Beckham is a bona fide superstar, one that transcends football. Dan Labbe,, "Odell Beckham brings real star power, real hope: Browns Take," 5 June 2019 Kim wore a skintight catsuit for the epic occasion, and Kanye even smiled in the photos the couple took with the singing superstar. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Kim and Kanye Celebrated Their Fifth Wedding Anniversary with Celine Dion," 26 May 2019 After months of hype, YouTube superstars Logan Paul and KSI finally exchanged blows today in front of millions of people. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "More people watched the Logan Paul vs KSI fight on Twitch than on YouTube," 25 Aug. 2018 As Argentina prepare to take on Didier Deschamps’ superstar-laden side, those key ingredients are in desperately short supply., "Papering Over the Cracks: Why Argentina's Win Over Nigeria Won't Inspire La Celeste to WC Glory," 28 June 2018 Denny Lanez: Whether with moody trap or off-the-wall bangers, the Milwaukee newcomer conquers his live shows with superstar-worthy swagger. 8:30 p.m. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "16 must-see acts at Summerfest, from the Weeknd to Arcade Fire to Janelle Monae," 19 June 2018 Hip-hop superstars Nicki Minaj and Future will bring their NickiHndrxx Tour to Orlando’s Amway Center on Saturday, Oct 20. Anne Dunlap,, "Nicki Minaj sees the Future in Orlando," 12 June 2018 Singing superstars Stevie Wonder and Van Morrison will appear in Las Vegas in the coming months, and fans can snag tickets in the coming days. Jay Jones,, "Coming soon to Las Vegas: Stevie Wonder to play Park MGM and Van Morrison to play Caesars," 17 May 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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