[ awl-stahr ]
/ ˈɔlˌstɑr /


consisting of athletes chosen as the best at their positions from all teams in a league or region: Our quarterback was chosen for the all-star team.
consisting entirely of star performers: an all-star cast.


Sports. a player selected for an all-star team.

Origin of all-star

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for all-star



(prenominal) consisting of star performers
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for all-star



1893, originally of theatrical casts, from all + star (n.) in the "celebrated person" sense. From 1898 in reference to sports teams.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper