- a gold or bronze star worn on the ribbon of a decoration or medal to represent a second or subsequent award of the same decoration or medal.
- a silver star worn in place of five gold or bronze stars.
verb (used with object), starred, star·ring.
verb (used without object), starred, star·ring.
Origin of star
Related formsstar·less, adjective
British Dictionary definitions for thank one's lucky stars
- a hot gaseous mass, such as the sun, that radiates energy, esp as light and infrared radiation, usually derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior, and in some cases as ultraviolet, radio waves, and X-rays. The surface temperature can range from about 2100 to 40 000°CSee also Hertzsprung-Russell diagram, giant star, white dwarf, neutron star, black hole
- (as modifier)a star catalogue Related adjectives: astral, sidereal, stellar
- a celestial body, esp a planet, supposed to influence events, personalities, etc
- (plural) another name for horoscope (def. 1)
- a distinguished or glamorous celebrity, often from the entertainment world
- (as modifier)star quality
verb stars, starring or starred
Derived Formsstarless, adjectivestarlike, adjective
Word Origin for star
Science definitions for thank one's lucky stars
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Idioms and Phrases with thank one's lucky stars (1 of 2)
thank one's lucky stars
Be grateful for good fortune, as in I thank my lucky stars that I wasn't on that plane that crashed. This phrase, which reflects the ancient belief in the influence of stars over human destinies, appeared in slightly different form in Ben Jonson's play Every Man Out of His Humour (1599): “I thank my Stars for it.” The exact locution dates from the 1800s and is more a general expression of relief than of belief in the stars' protection. Also see thank god.
Idioms and Phrases with thank one's lucky stars (2 of 2)
In addition to the idiom beginning with star
- stare down
- stare in the face
- stars in one's eyes, have
- born under a lucky star
- see stars
- thank one's lucky stars