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[stel-er] /ˈstɛl ər/
of or relating to the stars; consisting of stars.
like a star, as in brilliance, shape, etc.
pertaining to a preeminent performer, athlete, etc.
Origin of stellar
1650-60; < Late Latin stellāris, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ārius -ar1
Related forms
nonstellar, adjective
transstellar, adjective Unabridged
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  • Our own sun, we find, is on the descending scale of stellar evolution.

    Astronomy for Young Folks Isabel Martin Lewis
  • It may be a single flower, a landscape, or a stellar system.

  • He did not dread the silence of the stars—the cold remoteness of the stellar fire.

    Green Fire Fiona Macleod
  • stellar distances can be realized only by familiar comparison.

    Foot-prints of Travel Maturin M. Ballou
  • James is prepared to give his adherence to a belief in a soul of the earth and in planetary souls and stellar souls.

    The Complex Vision John Cowper Powys
British Dictionary definitions for stellar


of, relating to, involving, or resembling a star or stars
of or relating to star entertainers
(informal) outstanding or immense: companies are registering stellar profits
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin stellāris, from Latin stella star
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for stellar

1650s, "pertaining to stars, star-like," from Latin stellaris "pertaining to a star, starry," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "outstanding, leading" (1883) is from the theatrical sense of star.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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stellar in Science
Relating to or consisting of stars.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for stellar



Excellent; great: stellar character reference

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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