Meaning of STAR in English

I. ˈstär noun

Usage: often attributive

Etymology: Middle English sterre, from Old English steorra; akin to Old High German sterno star, Latin stella, Greek astēr, astron

Date: before 12th century


a. : a natural luminous body visible in the sky especially at night

b. : a self-luminous gaseous spheroidal celestial body of great mass which produces energy by means of nuclear fusion reactions



(1) : a planet or a configuration of the planets that is held in astrology to influence one's destiny or fortune — usually used in plural

(2) : a waxing or waning fortune or fame

her star was rising

b. obsolete : destiny


a. : a conventional figure with five or more points that represents a star ; especially : asterisk

b. : an often star-shaped ornament or medal worn as a badge of honor, authority, or rank or as the insignia of an order

c. : one of a group of conventional stars used to place something in a scale of value

4. : something resembling a star

was hit on the head and saw star s


a. : the principal member of a theatrical or operatic company who usually plays the chief roles

b. : a highly publicized theatrical or motion-picture performer

c. : an outstandingly talented performer

a track star

d. : a person who is preeminent in a particular field

• star·less -ləs adjective

• star·like -ˌlīk adjective

II. verb

( starred ; star·ring )

Date: 1718

transitive verb

1. : to sprinkle or adorn with stars


a. : to mark with a star as being preeminent

b. : to mark with an asterisk

3. : to feature in the most prominent or important role

the movie star s a famous stage personality

intransitive verb

1. : to play the most prominent or important role

2. : to perform outstandingly

III. adjective

Date: 1821

1. : of, relating to, or being a star

received star billing

2. : of outstanding excellence : preeminent

a star athlete

Merriam-Webster's Collegiate English vocabulary.      Энциклопедический словарь английского языка Merriam Webster.