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noun
  1. the practice of casting and promoting star performers for their ability to draw at the box office.

Origin of star system

First recorded in 1900–05
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Historical Examples

  • Also, we'll demonstrate—take you to any star-system in the galaxy.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • We know that the star-system has acquired these forms, presumably from some simple and more diffused condition.


British Dictionary definitions for star system

star system

noun
  1. astronomy a group of celestial bodies that are associated as a result of natural laws
  2. the practice of casting one or two famous actors or actresses in a film, play, etc, so that their popularity ensures its success
  3. a design for laying cables for cable television in which each house is fed by an individual cable from a local central distribution point
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