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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. 2018.
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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.

    Rosinante to the Road Again

    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


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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