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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James’ agency already announced last week that the superstar had agreed to a four-year deal worth $153.3 million with Los Angeles. Greg Beacham, The Seattle Times, "It’s official: Lakers announce LeBron James has signed," 10 July 2018 The Canadian superstar popped the question during a Bahamas trip over the weekend after the couple recently got back together. Christopher Brito, CBS News, "Justin Bieber, Hailey Baldwin confirm engagement on social media," 9 July 2018 With the way the Rockets stagger Paul and James Harden, Melo would still be sharing the floor with another superstar. Rohan Nadkarni,, "With His OKC Era Waning, Carmelo Anthony Must Pick Between Two Clear Free-Agency Paths," 6 July 2018 Growing Up Latino is a weekly series that will kick off on Wednesday with Colombian superstar Maluma. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Billboard to Launch New 'Growing Up Latino' Web Series: See the Trailer," 26 June 2018 Should free agent LeBron James join the Rockets, he could be teamed with fellow superstars James Harden and Chris Paul. Tom Groeschen,, "UC Bearcats coach Mick Cronin on Jacob Evans landing with NBA champion Warriors: 'How cool is that?'," 22 June 2018 Other creatures that shared space with the deceased superstar include flamingoes, tigers and, most famously, Bubbles the chimpanzee, who now lives at Florida’s Center of Great Apes and enjoys painting. Kelli Bender,, "Michael Jackson's Former Neverland Ranch Elephant Escapes New Home at Florida Zoo," 18 June 2018 Welcome to Word to the Wise, where Refinery29 sits down with the superstars of the literary world to talk about your new, soon-to-be-favorite books., "No, Lauren Groff Isn't Writing About Herself In Florida," 15 June 2018 First up: iS Clinical Super Serum Advance Plus ($148;, which is laced with anti-aging superstars vitamin C, a copper tripeptide growth factor, hyaluronic acid, and amino acids. Lisa Desantis,, "These Are the Beauty Products January Jones Uses Every Single Day," 14 June 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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