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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One thing that the CSL is missing is a superstar goalkeeper on the lookout for one big last contract before retirement., "5 Premier League Players Who Have 'Unnamed Chinese Club' Written All Over Them This Summer," 5 July 2019 Get our daily newsletter Ms Kournikova, however, serves as a reminder that not all teenage sensations become superstars. J.s., The Economist, "Cori Gauff announces herself at Wimbledon," 2 July 2019 After an entire winter and most of a spring spent discussing Bryce Harper and Manny Machado - the twin focal points of what was expected to be a historic free agent class - neither superstar made the cut as a starter with his new team. Dave Sheinin,, "With All-Star Game starters, who didn’t make cut is as notable as who did," 28 June 2019 Yoan Moncada’s five-tool potential screamed of a superstar’s ceiling. Alex Speier,, "Red Sox defeat White Sox at Fenway," 25 June 2019 As a result, should #sfgiants fans be happy with getting a solid prospect rather than a potential superstar? Henry Schulman,, "Giants mailbag: Buster Posey’s future, state of farm system, team expectations," 24 June 2019 Andre Iguodala had no compunction about destroying New York Knicks fans' hopes of getting a superstar to save their favorite team after two decades of futility. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Andre Iguodala on NBA free agency: 'Nobody's going to the Knicks'," 24 June 2019 The short term benefits for the Lakers are obvious: James now has a bona fide superstar sharing the court with him, one that perfectly complements James’s skill set., "Lakers favored to win NBA title with Anthony Davis? Not so fast ...," 17 June 2019 Even its founder, once a superstar of the burgeoning conservative movement, is mostly remembered (if at all) as Buckley’s brother-in-law and sometime collaborator. Declan Leary, National Review, "Catholics vs. Libertarians in the 1960s," 11 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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