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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Billie Eilish, the 17 year-old superstar and queen of Gen Z, is on the cover of this month’s Rolling Stone, opening up about her mental health and struggles with fame. Ben Kesslen, NBC News, "Billie Eilish opens up about history of self-harm, mental health," 1 Aug. 2019 McEntire, whose music career has earned the country superstar 16 ACM Awards, 15 American Music Awards and three Grammys, is a 2018 recipient of the Kennedy Center Honor. Mia Galuppo, The Hollywood Reporter, "Reba McEntire, Rachel Brosnahan Join Will Smith in 'Spies in Disguise' (Exclusive)," 23 July 2019 By 1979, Marley was a reggae superstar and an increasingly political figure, survivor of an assassination attempt over his involvement in Jamaica’s bitter partisanship and a vocal proponent of self-rule for the people of Africa. James Sullivan,, "When Bob Marley came to Allston," 18 July 2019 Given that Harden is both Houston's incumbent superstar and the superior player at this point in their respective careers, the burden to adjust falls to Westbrook. Ben Golliver,, "Rockets reunite Harden and Westbrook, trading old problems for new ones," 12 July 2019 India, a team full of world superstars and one of the most vaunted batting line-ups in the game, was blown away by a New Zealand side desperate for redemption and another crack at glory after losing out in the 2015 final. James Masters, CNN, "India crashes out to New Zealand in Cricket World Cup semifinal," 10 July 2019 Microsoft was a tech superstar, Bill Gates was a business hero, and its products were used by hundreds of millions of people every day. Steve Lohr, New York Times, "5 Lessons From Microsoft’s Antitrust Woes, by People Who Lived It," 23 June 2019 Though Shawn is a global superstar, Aaliyah likes to keep it more low key. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Who Is Shawn Mendes's Sister Aaliyah Mendes and Is She Famous?," 21 June 2019 Yes, Christine Sinclair is a superstar, and there are rising stars in defenders Kadeisha Buchanan and Ashley Lawrence, midfielder Jessie Fleming and 18-year-old forward Jordyn Huitema. Jonathan Tannenwald,, "Women’s World Cup 2019: Top games to watch in the group stage," 6 June 2019

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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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