[ stel-er ]
/ ˈstɛl ər /


of or relating to the stars; consisting of stars.
like a star, as in brilliance, shape, etc.
pertaining to a preeminent performer, athlete, etc.

Nearby words

  1. stell,
  2. stella,
  3. stella polaris,
  4. stella, frank,
  5. stella, joseph,
  6. stellar association,
  7. stellar evolution,
  8. stellar wind,
  9. stellarator,
  10. stellate

Origin of stellar

1650–60; < Late Latin stellāris, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ārius -ar1

Related formsnon·stel·lar, adjectivetrans·stel·lar, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stellar


/ (ˈstɛlə) /


of, relating to, involving, or resembling a star or stars
of or relating to star entertainers
informal outstanding or immensecompanies are registering stellar profits

Word Origin for stellar

C17: from Late Latin stellāris, from Latin stella star

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Word Origin and History for stellar



1650s, "pertaining to stars, star-like," from Latin stellaris "pertaining to a star, starry," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "outstanding, leading" (1883) is from the theatrical sense of star.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for stellar


[ stĕlər ]

Relating to or consisting of stars.
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