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starlight

[stahr-lahyt] /ˈstɑrˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
the light emanating from the stars.
Origin of starlight
1325-1375
Middle English word dating back to 1325-75; See origin at star, light1
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  • She was like the falling of this starlight, pure, aloof, and strange and gentle.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • There was no moon, but the starlight was so brilliant that the snow crystals glistened in it.

  • I want you to come out and have a walk on the deck now in the starlight.

  • It was a clear, starlight night, and they had resolved to walk home together.

    A Woman Intervenes Robert Barr
  • Wheeled in the starlight, and fled away into distance and silence.

    Poems William D. Howells
  • They turned and saw Madrid cut out of darkness against the starlight.

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    John Dos Passos
  • It was starlight, and the branches were bending in the night air.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Dad nursed his regret in silence, his face dim in the starlight.

  • As he drew towards it he saw its outline against the starlight.

British Dictionary definitions for starlight

starlight

/ˈstɑːˌlaɪt/
noun
1.
the light emanating from the stars
adjective
2.
of or like starlight
3.
Also starlit (ˈstɑːˌlɪt). illuminated by starlight
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Word Origin and History for starlight
n.

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

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