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  1. 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.
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  1. Frank (Phillip),born 1936, U.S. painter.
  2. Joseph,1887–1946, U.S. painter, born in Italy.
  3. a female given name: from a Latin word meaning “star.”
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  • 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

  • Stella was there now, with a well-thumbed copy of “Pride and Prejudice” in her hand.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

Word Origin and History for stella


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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

stella in Medicine


n. pl. stel•lae (stĕlē)
  1. A star or star-shaped figure.
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