[ soo-per-stahr ]
/ ˈsu pərˌstɑr /


a person, as a performer or athlete, who enjoys wide recognition, is esteemed for exceptional talent, and is eagerly sought after for his or her services.
any very prominent or successful person or thing.

Origin of superstar

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; super- + star
Related formssu·per·star·dom, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for superstar


/ (ˈsuːpəˌstɑː) /


a popular singer, film star, etc, who is idolized by fans and elevated to a position of importance in the entertainment industry
Derived Formssuperstardom, noun
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Word Origin and History for superstar



1925, in the sports and entertainment sense, from super- + star (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper