- 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
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At some point in the intervening decades, all of those cards have vanished, save one: my 1978 Reggie Jackson All-Star card.The Best Quantified Self Site You Haven’t Heard Of
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In 2007, Tim Hardaway lost his gig promoting the NBA and its All-Star game after telling a radio interviewer that he hates gays.Mark Cuban Warns That Basketball Players Could Get the Sterling Treatment Next
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Sapan has shot an all-star list of portraits, a six-week process that starts around $2,500: Warhol was an early subject.New York’s Hologram King Is Also the City’s Last Pro Holographer
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“This is a prestigious panel, an all-star group,” Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX) gushed of the five people sitting before him.The Heroin Hearing That Wasn’t
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It's like one of those plays advertised as having an all-star cast.Half Portions
This is the reason why "all-star" performances are almost always bad.The Theory of the Theatre
Paul Day wins the prize and his play has a try-out with an all-star amateur cast, and Peggy Emmons is chosen to play the lead.Polly's First Year at Boarding School
If ever a magazine merited the designation “all-star number,” your August issue filled the bill.
It is not my purpose to select an all-star football team from the long list of heroes past and present.Football Days
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- (prenominal) consisting of star performers
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Word Origin and History for all-star
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