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Definition of star noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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    in sky
  1. 1[countable] a large ball of burning gas in space that we see as a point of light in the sky at night There was a big moon and hundreds of stars were shining overhead. The North Star is the brightest star in the sky. We camped out under the stars. see also falling star, lodestar, Pole Star, shooting star, starry
  2. shape
  3. 2[countable] an object, a decoration, a mark, etc., usually with five or six points, whose shape represents a star a horse with a white star on its forehead a sheriff's star I put a star by the names of the girls in the class. a four-star general
  4. mark of quality
  5. 3[countable, usually singular] a mark that represents a star and tells you how good something is, especially a hotel or restaurant three-/four-/five-star hotels What star rating does this restaurant have?
  6. performer
  7. 4[countable] a famous and excellent singer, performer, sports player, etc. pop/rock/Hollywood, etc. stars a football/tennis, etc. star He's so good—I'm sure he'll be a big star. She acts well but she hasn't got star quality. The best models receive star treatment. see also all-star, megastar, movie star, superstar
  8. 5[countable] a person who has the main part, or one of the main parts, in a film/movie, play, etc. She was the star of a popular television series. The star of the show was a young Italian singer. the star role/part see also star turn
  9. best of group
  10. 6[countable] (often used before another noun) a person or thing that is the best of a group a star student Paula is the star of the class. He was the star performer at the championship. The star prize is a weekend for two in Paris.
  11. influence on someone's future
  12. 7stars [plural] a description of what someone thinks is going to happen to someone in the future, based on the position of the stars and planets when they were born synonym horoscope I always like to see what the stars say before making any decisions.
  13. Idioms
    reach for the stars
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    to try to be successful at something that is difficult
    see stars (informal)
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    to see flashes of light in front of your eyes, usually because you have been hit on the head
    stars in your eyes
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    if someone has stars in their eyes, they have dreams of becoming famous, especially as an entertainer
    thank your lucky stars
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    to feel very grateful and lucky about something Just thank your lucky stars you weren't in the house at the time.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: star