Astronomy. situated or occurring between the stars: interstellar dust.

Origin of interstellar

First recorded in 1620–30; inter- + stellar Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for interstellar

Contemporary Examples of interstellar

Historical Examples of interstellar

  • He couldn't tell an interplanetary ship from an interstellar.


    William Morrison

  • There was no such thing as interstellar signaling, of course.

    Sand Doom

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins

  • He knocked again—no light nor sound; again—only interstellar quiet.

    The Long Roll

    Mary Johnston

  • Three, there'd be no interstellar supply line for the Stretts to cut.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • You would get nowhere, even if you had an interstellar drive right now.

    The Galaxy Primes

    Edward Elmer Smith

British Dictionary definitions for interstellar



conducted, or existing between two or more stars
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Word Origin and History for interstellar

1620s, "situated between the stars," from inter- + stellar.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper