- 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
- 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
Word Origin for star
Old English steorra, from Proto-Germanic *sterron, *sternon (cf. Old Saxon sterro, Old Norse stjarna, Old Frisian stera, Dutch ster, Old High German sterro, German Stern, Gothic stairno), from PIE *ster- (cf. Sanskrit star-, Hittite shittar, Greek aster, astron, Latin stella, Breton sterenn, Welsh seren "star").
Astrological sense of "influence of planets and zodiac on human affairs" is recorded from mid-13c.; star-crossed is from "Romeo and Juliet" (1592). Stars as a ranking of quality for hotels, restaurants, etc. are attested from 1886, originally in Baedecker guides. Brass star as a police badge is recorded from 1859 (New York City).
1824, "perform the lead part" (said of actors, singers, etc.), from star (n.). Sporting sense is from 1916. Related: Starred; starring.
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.
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