superstar

noun
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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On Sunday, the 18th anniversary of her death on August 25, 2001, many performers paid tribute to the superstar including Missy Elliott, Kehlani and Ella Mai. Colleen Kratofil, PEOPLE.com, "Aaliyah Fan Caught Applying Lipstick on Singer's Wax Figure on 18th Anniversary of Her Death," 26 Aug. 2019 Without much fanfare or magazine cover story treatment, e-commerce service Shopify has become a quiet tech superstar. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "How Tech Business Interests and Politics Could Clash in India—Data Sheet," 26 Aug. 2019 At times White looked like a breakout superstar last season. Nick Talbot, ExpressNews.com, "Writers’ Roundtable: Can Derrick White live up to his Team USA hype for the Spurs?," 10 Aug. 2019 Who would bet against the country that raised Diego Maradona and Lionel Messi producing a worldwide superstar in women’s football? Fox News, "French mayor dies after trying to stop illegal dumping: report," 8 Aug. 2019 First, there was the remix with Billy Ray Cyrus, an obvious response to being kicked off the country chart: add a country superstar. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "The evolution of "Old Town Road": BTS rapper RM has joined Lil Nas X on a third remix, called "Seoul Town Road"," 25 July 2019 March 8, 2019 Dominique Yates, Louisville Courier Journal The NFL Players Association expects Lamar Jackson to become a superstar. Gentry Estes, The Courier-Journal, "This could be a huge, lucrative season for former Louisville football star Lamar Jackson," 25 July 2019 Leonard and fan-favourite Kyle Lowry were named as All-Stars, Green finished with the fifth highest 3-point percentage in the league and Pascal Siakam developed from an up-and-comer to a flat-out superstar. Ben Morse, CNN, "Toronto Raptors fans willed first NBA title success 'into existence'," 14 June 2019 His 200-foot game has earned comparisons to Chicago Blackhawks superstar Jonathan Toews. Helene St. James, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Red Wings NHL mock draft: Dylan Cozens can help rebuild down the road," 5 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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superstar

noun

English Language Learners Definition of superstar

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

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