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.




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

Examples from the Web for stella

Contemporary Examples of stella

Historical Examples of stella

  • It was the plaid belonging to Stella Hardy, who had died in her teens.

    Tiverton Tales

    Alice Brown

  • Stella's goin' to be all right, they think, but nothin' will do but Mary must stay a spell.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • Stella was slight and fair, with blue eyes that were rather hard but expressive.

    My Double Life

    Sarah Bernhardt

  • Thou knowest, in my verses to my Stella, my mind on this occasion.

    Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)

    Samuel Richardson

  • But after he had gone, the verdict of Stella and myself was, “Much worse than we expected.”

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

Word Origin and History for stella


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stella in Medicine



n. pl. stel•lae (stĕlē)

A star or star-shaped figure.
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