Meaning of STAR in English

STAR

(~s, ~ring, ~red)

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

1.

A ~ 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 ~s hidden behind cloud.

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see also morning ~ , shooting ~

2.

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

Children at school receive coloured ~s for work well done.

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3.

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

...five ~ hotels.

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4.

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

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

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

Not all football ~s are ill-behaved louts.

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5.

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

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

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6.

If a play or film ~s 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 ~ring Anthony Quinn.

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7.

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

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

= horoscope

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