- 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. Sirius is the brightest star in the sky. We camped out under the stars. see also falling star, lodestar, Pole Star, shooting star, starry See related entries: The universe, Sky shape
- 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've put a star by the names of the girls in the class. a four-star general mark of quality
- 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? See related entries: Staying in a hotel performer
- 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, film star, megastar, movie star, superstar Wordfinderactor, audition, body double, cameo, cast, play, role, star, stuntman, understudy See related entries: Celebrity news, Film people
- 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 many popular television series. The star of the show was a young Italian singer. the star role/part see also star turn See related entries: Film people best of group
- 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 championships. The star prize is a weekend for two in Paris. The monkey was the star attraction (= the best or most popular act) at the show. helpful person
- 7[countable, usually singular] (informal) used to show that you feel very grateful for something that somebody has done or that you think they are wonderful Thanks! You're a star! influence on somebody’s future
- 8stars [plural] a description of what somebody thinks is going to happen to somebody in the future, based on the position of the stars and planets when they were born synonym horoscope Do you read your stars in the paper? Word Origin Old English steorra, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch ster, German Stern, from an Indo-European root shared by Latin stella and Greek astēr.Extra examples Channel 4 has lined up a galaxy of stars for the coming season. He was the star turn at the celebrations. That was the movie that made him a star. The film was nothing more than a star vehicle for Tom Hanks. The show has plenty of guest stars appearing each week. There were several big Hollywood stars at the function. They lay down under a canopy of stars. Through high school he was a track star. We camped out under the stars. a dense cluster of stars at the galaxy’s nucleus the Hollywood star system the star of the show veteran stars of stage and screen He’s so good—I’m sure he’ll be a big star. I wanted to be a pop star when I was a teenager. Jackie got the star role in the school play. She acts well but she hasn’t got star quality. The best models receive star treatment.Idioms to try to be successful at something that is difficult (informal) to see flashes of light in front of your eyes, usually because you have been hit on the head if somebody has stars in their eyes, they have dreams of becoming famous, especially as an entertainer to feel very grateful and lucky about something Just thank your lucky stars you weren’t in the house at the time.