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 superstar (audio) \ noun

Examples of superstar in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The son of an immigrant miner, square-jawed and strong, Weissmuller was a superstar in his sport, setting 51 world records and winning five gold medals. Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2021 While Carlisle allowed Doncic freedom in his flow offense, Kidd has 19 years of experience playing point guard, like Doncic, and has worked closely with superstar players, like Giannis Antetokounmpo and LeBron James. Callie Caplan, Dallas News, 25 June 2021 Bale is not a superstar who’ll alienate others with constant reminders of his own status. James Nalton, Forbes, 21 June 2021 In the first full trailer for the doc - which begins streaming on June 24 - the national team's superstar players talk about their ongoing fight for equal pay. Lindsay Kimble,, 14 June 2021 Cunningham is a potential superstar due to his tremendous offensive game. Tim Bielik, cleveland, 3 June 2021 But LB Micah Parsons – arguably the most gifted defender in this draft – dropped to them at No. 12 and has a chance to be a superstar for a defense that needs one. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 2 May 2021 Your sister is a superstar, their mother said over appetizers. Lauren Groff, The New Yorker, 27 Apr. 2021 Of course, the fact that the majority of the superstar players—who are being robbed of millions of dollars—are Black makes the legal fiction easier to sustain. Time, 30 Mar. 2021

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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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“Superstar.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of superstar

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

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