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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Real fans are not known for their forgiving nature, with Sergio Ramos, Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale among the superstars who have been booed by their own supporters., "Eden Hazard Shouldn't Be Surprised That Real Madrid Supporters Are 'Fanatical' About Winning," 17 Sep. 2019 Jennifer Lopez was a special guest Tuesday night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, where the pop superstar sat for a chat and joined her host in a dance for the ages. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "Jennifer Lopez and Jimmy Fallon Dance Through Music Video History on 'Tonight Show': Watch," 11 Sep. 2019 Now a junior, the former Antioch superstar ran for 68 yards and a touchdown in 12 carries and also caught a pass for 12 yards as Alabama breezed past New Mexico State 62-10. Phil Jensen, The Mercury News, "Bay Area Preps HQ: Next Level," 10 Sep. 2019 That’s why Sunday night, the 67-year-old superstar performed a selection of songs from the show at the Ordway Center for Performing Arts for an intimate audience of 150 patrons and media. Ross Raihala, Twin Cities, "Sting performs private show in St. Paul to promote his musical ‘The Last Ship’ at the Ordway," 9 Sep. 2019 The country superstar turned TV personality will now appear on the small screen five days a week on The Kelly Clarkson Show. Kelly O'sullivan, Country Living, "'The Kelly Clarkson Show' Premieres Today—Here's How to Watch the First Episode," 9 Sep. 2019 Royal sources confirmed that Markle was flying from England — without baby Archie or hubby Harry — for a few days to watch the tennis superstar's match. Neha Prakash, Allure, "Meghan Markle's Makeup Artist Just Revealed the Sweet Way She Surprised Him," 9 Sep. 2019 In honor of Parton’s 50-year membership in the Grand Ole Opry—an American country music stage in Nashville—the country superstar has unveiled an eight-piece wall art collection, Dolly Parton: From the HeART, inspired by her most beloved songs. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "Dolly Parton Just Curated a Wall Art Collection Inspired by Her Music," 5 Sep. 2019 On many nights beginning in October, his Spurs will have to make do without the most dominant superstar in the building, too. Mike Finger,, "Popovich’s summer task might look familiar to Spurs," 5 Sep. 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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