[ stel-uh ]
/ ˈstɛl ə /


a four-dollar pattern coin of the U.S. having a metal content based on the metric system, issued 1879–80: designed to be used as an international coin.

Nearby words

  1. stelar,
  2. stelazine,
  3. stele,
  4. steles,
  5. stell,
  6. stella polaris,
  7. stella, frank,
  8. stella, joseph,
  9. stellar,
  10. stellar association


[ stel-uh ]
/ ˈstɛl ə /


Frank (Phillip),born 1936, U.S. painter.
Joseph,1887–1946, U.S. painter, born in Italy.
a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “star.” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for stella


fem. proper name, from Latin stella "star" (see star (n.)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stella


[ stĕlə ]

n. pl. stel•lae (stĕlē)

A star or star-shaped figure.

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