[stel-it, -eyt]


like the form of a conventionalized figure of a star; star-shaped.

Nearby words

  1. stellar,
  2. stellar association,
  3. stellar evolution,
  4. stellar wind,
  5. stellarator,
  6. stellate abscess,
  7. stellate block,
  8. stellate cell,
  9. stellate fracture,
  10. stellate ganglion

Often stel·lat·ed [stel-ei-tid] /ˈstɛl ɛɪ tɪd/.

Origin of stellate

1490–1500; < Latin stellātus starry, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ātus -ate1

Related formsstel·late·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for stellate




resembling a star in shape; radiating from the centrea stellate arrangement of petals
Derived Formsstellately, adverb

Word Origin for stellate

C16: from Latin stellātus starry, from stellāre to stud with stars, from stella a star

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Word Origin and History for stellate



c.1500, "star-spangled," from Latin stellatus "covered with stars," past participle of stellare "to set with stars," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "star-shaped" is recorded from 1660s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for stellate




Arranged or shaped like a star; radiating from a center.

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