Meaning of STAR in English

STAR

/ stɑː(r); NAmE / noun , verb

■ noun

IN SKY

1.

[ C ] a large ball of burning gas in space that we see as a point of light in the sky at night :

There was a big moon and hundreds of stars were shining overhead.

Sirius is the brightest star in the sky.

We camped out under the stars .

—see also falling star , lodestar , Pole Star , shooting star , starry ➡ note at outside

SHAPE

2.

[ C ] an object, a decoration, a mark, etc., usually with five or six points, whose shape represents a star :

a horse with a white star on its forehead

a sheriff's star

I've put a star by the names of the girls in the class.

a four-star general

MARK OF QUALITY

3.

[ C , usually sing. ] a mark that represents a star and tells you how good sth is, especially a hotel or restaurant :

three- / four- / five-star hotels

What star rating does this restaurant have?

PERFORMER

4.

[ C ] a famous and excellent singer, performer, sports player, etc. :

pop / rock / Hollywood, etc. stars

a football / tennis, etc. star

He's so good—I'm sure he'll be a big star.

She acts well but she hasn't got star quality .

The best models receive star treatment .

—see also all-star , film star , megastar , movie star , superstar

5.

[ C ] a person who has the main part, or one of the main parts, in a film / movie, play, etc. :

She was the star of many popular television series.

The star of the show was a young Italian singer.

the star role / part

—see also star turn

BEST OF GROUP

6.

[ C ] (often used before another noun) a person or thing that is the best of a group :

a star student

Paula is the star of the class.

He was the star performer at the championships.

The star prize is a weekend for two in Paris.

The monkey was the star attraction (= the best or most popular act) at the show.

HELPFUL PERSON

7.

[ C , usually sing. ] ( informal ) used to show that you feel very grateful for sth that sb has done or that you think they are wonderful :

Thanks! You're a star!

INFLUENCE ON SB'S FUTURE

8.

stars [ pl. ] a description of what sb thinks is going to happen to sb in the future, based on the position of the stars and planets when they were born

SYN horoscope :

Do you read your stars in the paper?

IDIOMS

- see stars

- stars in your eyes

—more at reach verb , thank

■ verb

( -rr- )

PERFORM IN MOVIE / PLAY

1.

[ v ] star (with / opposite sb) (in sth) to have one of the main parts in a film / movie, play, etc. :

She starred opposite Cary Grant in 'Bringing up Baby'.

No one has yet been chosen for the starring role (= the main part) .

2.

[ vn ] [ no passive ] if a film / movie, play, etc. stars sb, that person has one of the main parts :

a movie starring Tom Cruise and Demi Moore

The studio wants to star her in a sequel to last year's hit.

—see also co-star

MARK WITH SYMBOL

3.

[ vn ] [ usually passive ] to put a symbol shaped like a star (called an asterisk ) next to a word, etc. in order to make people notice it :

Treat all the sections that have been starred as priority.

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English steorra , of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ster , German Stern , from an Indo-European root shared by Latin stella and Greek astēr .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.