- a gold or bronze star worn on the ribbon of a decoration or medal to represent a second or subsequent award of the same decoration or medal.
- a silver star worn in place of five gold or bronze stars.
verb (used with object), starred, star·ring.
verb (used without object), starred, star·ring.
Origin of star
Examples from the Web for stars
Contemporary Examples of stars
The twin entrepreneurs and stars of HGTV's Property Brothers will be taking your questions live on Tuesday, December 16 at 2pm.Live Q&A: Drew and Jonathan Scott
The Daily Beast
December 16, 2014
Back then, when partners of stars melted into the background, it was a barnstorming stealing of the show.Happy 20th Birthday, Liz Hurley’s Safety-Pin Dress
December 12, 2014
Are the stars of Mockingjay obligated to speak out in their defense?‘The Hunger Games’ Stars Silent on Thai Protesters
November 21, 2014
Zach Braff and Donald Faison The Scrubs stars reunited to sing this holiday duet.
It stars children mouthing along to the lyrics—those same lyrics we just described above.
Historical Examples of stars
One of the stars in the constellation of the Pleiades is said to have disappeared.Philothea
Lydia Maria Child
The novelty of the experience had made her eyes shine like stars.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Belus formed also the stars, and the sun, and the moon, and the five planets.
He set in heaven the Stars of the Zodiac which are their likenesses.
Let him thank his stars that we have not flung him into the same fire!Earth's Holocaust (From "Mosses From An Old Manse")
- a hot gaseous mass, such as the sun, that radiates energy, esp as light and infrared radiation, usually derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior, and in some cases as ultraviolet, radio waves, and X-rays. The surface temperature can range from about 2100 to 40 000°CSee also Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, giant star, white dwarf, neutron star, black hole
- (as modifier)a star catalogue Related adjectives: astral, sidereal, stellar
- a celestial body, esp a planet, supposed to influence events, personalities, etc
- (plural) another name for horoscope (def. 1)
- a distinguished or glamorous celebrity, often from the entertainment world
- (as modifier)star quality
verb stars, starring or starred
Word Origin for star
Old English steorra, from Proto-Germanic *sterron, *sternon (cf. Old Saxon sterro, Old Norse stjarna, Old Frisian stera, Dutch ster, Old High German sterro, German Stern, Gothic stairno), from PIE *ster- (cf. Sanskrit star-, Hittite shittar, Greek aster, astron, Latin stella, Breton sterenn, Welsh seren "star").
Astrological sense of "influence of planets and zodiac on human affairs" is recorded from mid-13c.; star-crossed is from "Romeo and Juliet" (1592). Stars as a ranking of quality for hotels, restaurants, etc. are attested from 1886, originally in Baedecker guides. Brass star as a police badge is recorded from 1859 (New York City).
1824, "perform the lead part" (said of actors, singers, etc.), from star (n.). Sporting sense is from 1916. Related: Starred; starring.
In addition to the idiom beginning with star
- stare down
- stare in the face
- stars in one's eyes, have
- born under a lucky star
- see stars
- thank one's lucky stars