or co-star

[ noun koh-stahr; verb koh-stahr ]
/ noun ˈkoʊˌstɑr; verb ˈkoʊˈstɑr /


a performer, especially an actor or actress, who shares star billing with another.
a performer whose status is slightly below that of a star.

verb (used without object), co·starred, co·star·ring.

to share star billing with another performer.
to receive billing of slightly less status than that of a star.

verb (used with object), co·starred, co·star·ring.

to present (two or more actors) as having equal billing or prominence.
to present as having slightly less status than that of a star.

Origin of costar

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20; co- + star Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for co-star



an actor who shares star billing with another

verb -stars, -starring or -starred

(intr often foll by with) to share star billing (with another actor)
(tr) to present as sharing top billingthe film co-starred Mae West and W. C. Fields
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Word Origin and History for co-star


also costar, 1919 as a verb; 1926 as a noun, from co- + star (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper