[ stahr-spang-guhld ]

  1. spangled with stars.

  2. Informal. made up of or attended by celebrities, distinguished or illustrious persons, etc.: a star-spangled reception.

Origin of star-spangled

First recorded in 1585–95

Words Nearby star-spangled Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use star-spangled in a sentence

  • A little later the band played "The star-spangled Banner," and there sounded the signal gun for the lowering of the colors.

    The Sunbridge Girls at Six Star Ranch | Eleanor H. (Eleanor Hodgman) Porter
  • Then he looked at the vast void above, with its star-spangled sky, its sun and moon, and the God that made all and was in all.

  • We are all united under one flag, the most beautiful of all flags—the Star Spangled Banner!

    Frank Merriwell's Races | Burt L. Standish
  • Why should not the star-spangled banner wave over ten, as well as over three millions of Slaves?

    No Compromise with Slavery | William Lloyd Garrison
  • When the "Star Spangled Banner" is played, all present should rise and stand at attention until the ending.

British Dictionary definitions for star-spangled


  1. marked or decorated with stars

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