star

star
star1 W2S2 [sta: US sta:r] n
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1¦(in the sky)¦
2¦(famous performer/player)¦
3¦(main person in a film/play etc)¦
4¦(best/most successful person)¦
5¦(shape)¦
6¦(hotels/restaurants)¦
7 the stars
8 something is written in the stars
9 see stars
10 have stars in your eyes
11 you're a star!/what a star!
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[: Old English; Origin: steorra]
1.) ¦(IN THE SKY)¦
a large ball of burning gas in space that can be seen at night as a point of light in the sky
I lay on my back and looked up at the stars.
The sky was filled with stars.
under the stars
That night, we camped out under the stars (=outdoors) .
The stars were all out (=they were shining) .
stars twinkling overhead (=shining in the sky and quickly changing from bright to faint)
2.) ¦(FAMOUS PERFORMER/PLAYER)¦
a famous and successful actor, musician, or sports player
movie/film/Hollywood etc star
His dream was to become a Hollywood star.
pop/rock star
British pop star Elton John
By the age of twenty she was already a big star (=very famous performer) .
the highest paid child star of all time
a rising star (=someone who is becoming famous and successful) in the music world
She's a good actress, but she lacks star quality (=something that makes a person seem special and likely to be a star) .
She is a star of stage and screen .
3.) ¦(MAIN PERSON IN A FILM/PLAY ETC)¦
the person who has the main part, or one of them, in a film, play, show etc
star of
Ray Grimes, the star of the television series 'Brother John'
4.) ¦(BEST/MOST SUCCESSFUL PERSON)¦
a) the person who gives the best performance in a film, play, show etc
Laporte, as Ebenezer Scrooge, is undoubtedly the star of the show .
Shamu, the killer whale, is the show's star attraction (=best and most popular person or thing) .
b) the best or most successful person in a group of players, workers, students etc
star player/performer/salesman etc
the team's star player
the school's star pupil
the star columnist of the Sunday Times
5.) ¦(SHAPE)¦
a) a shape with four or more points, which represents the way a star looks in the sky
b) a mark in the shape of a star, used to draw attention to something written
I put a star next to the items that we still need to buy.
c) a piece of cloth or metal in the shape of a star, worn to show someone's rank or position - used especially on military uniforms
6.) ¦(HOTELS/RESTAURANTS)¦
a mark used in a system for judging the quality of hotels and restaurants
three-star/four-star/five-star etc
a two-star hotel
7.) the stars
BrE informal a description, usually printed in newspapers and magazines, of what will happen to you in the future, based on the position of the stars and ↑planets at the time of your birth
= ↑horoscope sb's stars
I never read my stars .
→↑star sign
8.) sth is written in the stars
used to say that what happens to a person is controlled by ↑fate (=a power that is believed to influence what happens in people's lives)
Their marriage was surely written in the stars.
9.) see stars
to see flashes of light, especially because you have been hit on the head
I felt a little dizzy and could see stars.
10.) have stars in your eyes
to imagine that something you want to do is much more exciting or attractive than it really is
11.) you're a star!/what a star!
BrE spoken said when you are very grateful or pleased because of what someone has done
Thanks, Mel. You're a real star!
→↑four-star general, five-star, morning star, shooting star,guiding star atguiding, born under a lucky/unlucky star atborn2 (7), reach for the stars atreach1 (11), thank your lucky stars atthank
star 2
star2 v past tense and past participle starred present participle starring
1.) [I]
if someone stars in a film, television show etc, they are one of the main characters in it
star in
Eastwood starred in 'The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly'.
star with/opposite
DeVito stars opposite Dreyfuss in the movie.
star as
Hugh Grant stars as the romantic hero.
'The Freshman' was Brando's first starring role (=the most important part in a film) in ten years.
2.) [T]
if a film, television show, or play stars someone, that person is one of the main characters in it
= ↑feature
a film starring Meryl Streep
star sb as ...
The movie starred Orson Welles as Harry Lime.
3.) [T usually passive]
to put an ↑asterisk (=a star-shaped mark) next to something written
The starred items are available.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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