star
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /stɑː(ɹ)/
  • (America) enPR: stär, IPA: /stɑɹ/
Noun

star (plural stars)

  1. Any small luminous dot appearing in the cloudless portion of the night sky, especially with a fixed location relative to other such dots.
  2. (star) A luminous celestial body, made up of plasma (particularly hydrogen and helium) and having a spherical shape. Depending on context the sun may or may not be included.
  3. (geometry) A concave polygon with regular, pointy protrusions and indentations, generally with five or six points.
  4. (acting) An actor in a leading role.
    Many Hollywood stars attended the launch party.
  5. An exceptionally talented or famous person, often in a specific field; a celebrity.
    His teacher tells us he is a star pupil.
    • 1920, Mary Roberts Rinehart; Avery Hopwood, “The Shadow of the Bat”, in The Bat: A Novel from the Play (Dell Book; 241), New York, N.Y.: Dell Publishing Company, OCLC 20230794 ↗, [https://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=hvd.hwptej;view=1up;seq=12 page 8]:
      Star reporter, leg-man, cub, veteran gray in the trade—one and all they tried to pin the Bat like a caught butterfly to the front page of their respective journals—soon or late each gave up, beaten. He was news— […] —the brief, staccato recital of his career in the morgues of the great dailies grew longer and more incredible each day.
  6. (printing) An asterisk (*).
  7. A symbol used to rate hotels, films, etc. with a higher number of stars denoting better quality.
  8. A simple dance, or part of a dance, where a group of four dancers each put their right or left hand in the middle and turn around in a circle. You call them right-hand stars or left-hand stars, depending on the hand which is in the middle.
  9. (astrology) A planet supposed to influence one's destiny.
    What's in the stars for you today? Find out in our horoscope.
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Sixt”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act IV, scene v], page 296 ↗, columns 1–2:
      O malignant and ill-boding stars.
    • RQ
      Men bless their stars, and call it luxury.
  10. A star-shaped ornament worn on the breast to indicate rank or honour.
    • 1855, Alfred Tennyson, “(please specify the page number(s))”, in Maud, and Other Poems, London: Edward Moxon, […], OCLC 1013215631 ↗:
      On whom […] / Lavish Honour showered all her stars.
  11. A composition of combustible matter used in the heading of rockets, in mines, etc., which, exploding in the air, presents a starlike appearance.
Synonyms
  • (astronomy) * (abbreviation)
Verb

star (stars, present participle starring; past and past participle starred)

  1. (intransitive) To appear as a featured performer or headliner, especially in an entertainment program.
  2. (transitive) To feature (a performer or a headliner), especially in a movie or an entertainment program.
  3. (transitive) To mark with a star or asterisk.
  4. (transitive) To set or adorn with stars, or bright, radiating bodies; to bespangle.
    • Thy gloomy grandeurs (Natures most august, / Inspiring aspect!) claim a grateful verse; / And like a sable curtain starr'd' with gold, / Drawn o'er my labours past, shall close the scene.
  5. (intransitive) To shine like a star.
Translations
  • French: tenir le rôle principal
  • Italian: avere il ruolo principale, avere il ruolo da protagonista
  • Portuguese: estrelar, protagonizar
  • Spanish: estelarizar, protagonizar

Star
Proper noun
  1. Surname
  2. A hamlet in Lamont County, Alberta.
  3. A hamlet in Shipham, Somerset.
  4. A work settlement in Dyatkovsky District, Bryansk.
  5. A village in Maryovsky District, Novgorod.
  6. A small village in Fife, Scotland, also known as Star of Markinch.
  7. A city in Idaho.
  8. An unincorporated community in Munising Township, Alger County.
  9. An unincorporated community in Rankin County, Mississippi.
  10. An unincorporated community in Holt County, Nebraska.
  11. A small town in Montgomery County, North Carolina.
  12. An unincorporated community in Mills County, Texas.
  13. A hamlet in Pembrokeshire, Wales.
  14. A small settlement near the village of Gaerwen.
  15. (UK, rail transport) Star class, a class of steam locomotives used on the GWR.



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