the light emanating from the stars.

Origin of starlight

Middle English word dating back to 1325–75; see origin at star, light1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of starlight

  • She was like the falling of this starlight, pure, aloof, and strange and gentle.

  • There was no moon, but the starlight was so brilliant that the snow crystals glistened in it.

  • I want you to come out and have a walk on the deck now in the starlight.

  • It was a clear, starlight night, and they had resolved to walk home together.

  • Wheeled in the starlight, and fled away into distance and silence.


    William D. Howells

British Dictionary definitions for starlight



the light emanating from the stars

adjective Also: starlighted

of or like starlight
Also: starlit (ˈstɑːˌlɪt) illuminated by starlight
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Word Origin and History for starlight

late 14c., from star (n.) + light (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper