Meaning of STAR in English

transcription, транскрипция: [ stɑ:(r) ]

( stars, starring, starred)

Frequency: The word is one of the 700 most common words in English.


A star is a large ball of burning gas in space. Stars appear to us as small points of light in the sky on clear nights.

The night was dark, the stars hidden behind cloud.


see also morning star , shooting star


You can refer to a shape or an object as a star when it has four, five, or more points sticking out of it in a regular pattern.

Children at school receive coloured stars for work well done.



You can say how many stars something such as a hotel or restaurant has as a way of talking about its quality, which is often indicated by a number of star-shaped symbols. The more stars something has, the better it is.

...five star hotels.



Famous actors, musicians, and sports players are often referred to as stars .

...Gemma, 41, star of the TV series Pennies From Heaven...

By now Murphy is Hollywood’s top male comedy star...

Not all football stars are ill-behaved louts.

N-COUNT : oft supp N


If an actor or actress stars in a play or film, he or she has one of the most important parts in it.

The previous year Adolphson had starred in a play in which Ingrid had been an extra...

VERB : V in n


If a play or film stars a famous actor or actress, he or she has one of the most important parts in it.

...a Hollywood film, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Anthony Quinn.

VERB : V n


Predictions about people’s lives which are based on astrology and appear regularly in a newspaper or magazine are sometimes referred to as the stars .

There was nothing in my stars to say I’d have travel problems!

= horoscope


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