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Topic: ASTRONOMY

Date: 1600-1700
Language: Late Latin
Origin: stellaris, from Latin stella 'star'

stellar

adjective
     
stel‧lar [only before noun]
1HA relating to the stars interstellar
2 especially American English extremely good:
the company's stellar growth
McKellen gave a stellar performance.
3

go stellar

British English informal if a pop band, actor etc goes stellar, they become very popular and famous:
There's a stand-up comedian, and my sources tell me he is about to go stellar.
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