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[stahr-lahyt] /ˈstɑrˌlaɪt/
the light emanating from the stars.
Origin of starlight
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at star, light1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • We left the lantern at Tanugamanono, and then down in the starlight.

  • It was dim in the starlight, but he saw that she smiled slightly.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • It hangs from the mountain's waist like a skirt on a half dressed woman, and above is all naked in the starlight.

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
  • It was not necessary to strike a match—the starlight was sufficient to show him that.

    The Man from the Bitter Roots Caroline Lockhart
  • Soon the flare of torch-light began to glimmer redder and redder under the dim, starlight sky.

    After Dark Wilkie Collins
  • So great was the beauty of her face that it was like starlight in that dark land.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • Presently, through the shroud of darkness traced by ghostly slivers of starlight, came the sound of trickling water.

  • Bushes and garden paths were plainly distinguished in the starlight.

  • The main thing was to get Jim off safe and me and starlight.

    Robbery Under Arms Thomas Alexander Browne, AKA Rolf Boldrewood
British Dictionary definitions for starlight


the light emanating from the stars
of or like starlight
Also starlit (ˈstɑːˌlɪt). illuminated by starlight
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for starlight

late 14c., from star (n.) + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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