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

1650–60; < Late Latin stellāris, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ārius -ar1
Related formsnon·stel·lar, adjectivetrans·stel·lar, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for trans-stellar


  1. of, relating to, involving, or resembling a star or stars
  2. of or relating to star entertainers
  3. informal outstanding or immensecompanies are registering stellar profits
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Word Origin for stellar

C17: from Late Latin stellāris, from Latin stella star
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Word Origin and History for trans-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.

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trans-stellar in Science


  1. Relating to or consisting of stars.
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