Language: Old English
Origin: steorra


1 noun
star1 S2 W2 [countable]

in the sky

HA 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)
falling star, shooting star

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).

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'

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


a) CF a shape with four or more points, which represents the way a star looks in the sky
b) SLA a mark in the shape of a star, used to draw attention to something written [= asterisk]:
I put a star next to the items that we still need to buy.
c) PM 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


DLT a mark used in a system for judging the quality of hotels and restaurants

the stars

British English 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]
somebody's stars
I never read my stars.
star sign

something 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.

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.

have stars in your eyes

to imagine that something you want to do is much more exciting or attractive than it really is starry-eyed

you're a star!/what a star!

British English 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

at guiding (2)

; ➔ born under a lucky/unlucky star

at born2 (7)

; ➔ reach for the stars

at reach1 (11)

; ➔ thank your lucky stars

at thank (3)
vehicles used in space: spaceship, spacecraft, rocket, (space) shuttle, probe, satellite, space station

someone who travels in space: astronaut, cosmonaut Russian

parts of a rocket's journey: countdown, launch, blast-off/take-off/lift-off, leaving the earth's atmosphere, going into orbit, re-entering the earth's atmosphere, splashdown/touchdown

places and things in space: planet, moon, star, sun, satellite, solar system, constellation, galaxy, universe, the cosmos, black hole, quasar, comet, meteor, asteroid

the study of space: astronomy

See also
types of film: comedy, romantic comedy, drama, thriller, western, action film, horror film, war film, art house film, silent film, feature film

films that use drawings or models: cartoon, animation, animated film

films in general: cinema

where you go to see a film : cinema British English/movie theater American English, multiplex

the people in a film: actor, actress, star, cast

the people who make a film: director, producer, film crew, cameraman/camerawoman, scriptwriter

the music for a film: soundtrack

the words and the instructions to the actors: screenplay

a short film advertising another film: trailer

See also
WORD FOCUS: famous WORD FOCUS: famous
similar words: well-known, celebrated, renowned, eminent, noted, legendary

famous for doing something bad: notorious, infamous

not famous: little-known, unknown, obscure

a famous person: celebrity, celeb informal, star

See also