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Meaning of “star” in the English Dictionary

"star" in British English

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starnoun

uk   /stɑːr/  us   /stɑːr/
  • star noun (OBJECT IN SPACE)

A2 [C] a very ​largeball of ​burninggas in ​space that is usually ​seen from the ​earth as a ​point of ​light in the ​sky at ​night: Stars twinkled above them as they ​lay on the ​hill.

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  • star noun (PERFORMER)

A2 [C] a very ​famous, ​successful, and ​importantperson, ​especially a ​performer such as a ​musician, ​actor, or ​sportsplayer: a ​rock/​movie/​football star Kids ​wanting to be stars come to ​Hollywood from all over ​America.

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  • star noun (SYMBOL)

A2 [C] a ​symbol with four or more ​points: star-shaped How many stars (= ​symbolsshowingquality) does this ​restaurant have? The ​teacher gave Tom a ​gold star (= a ​papersymbolrewarding good ​work) for his ​drawing.two-star, three-star, etc. C1 used to show how good a ​restaurant, ​hotel, etc. is: The ​cheaper two-star ​hotels are also within the ​range of the ​budgettraveller. a ​symbol made of ​metal or ​clothworn by ​particularofficials to show ​theirrank: a sheriff's star a ​four-stargeneral [C] an ​asterisk (= a ​symbol *)

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  • star noun (LUCK)

[C] informal any ​planet or other ​object in the ​skythought of in astrology as ​influencing a person's ​luck: She was born under a ​lucky/an ​unlucky star.
See also
stars [plural] informal →  horoscope : I always like to ​see what the stars say in the ​newspaper.

starverb [I + prep, T]

uk   /stɑːr/  us   /stɑːr/ (-rr-)
B1 If a ​film, ​play, etc. stars someone, or if someone stars in a ​film, ​play, etc., they are the ​mainactor in it: David Oyelowo starred in the ​movie "Selma". Zusak's ​novel "The Book Thief" was ​turned into a ​movie starring Geoffrey Rush.

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staradjective [before noun]

uk   /stɑːr/  us   /stɑːr/ informal

-starsuffix

uk   /-stɑːr/  us   /-stɑːr/
(Definition of star from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"star" in American English

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starnoun [C]

 us   /stɑr/
  • star noun [C] (OBJECT IN SPACE)

a ​largeball of ​burninggas in ​space that is usually ​seen from ​earth as a ​point of ​light in the ​sky at ​night: Stars ​twinkled in the ​nightsky.
  • star noun [C] (SHAPE)

a ​shape having four or more ​pointedparts coming out from a ​center at ​equaldistances: The ​children were ​cutting stars out of ​paper to make ​decorations. A star is sometimes used as a ​symbol of ​quality: The Times gave this ​restaurant three stars. A star is also used as a ​symbol of ​rank or ​position: a four-star ​general A star is also an ​asterisk (= the ​symbol *).
  • star noun [C] (PERFORMER)

a ​famous and ​successfulperson, esp. a ​performer such as a ​musician, ​actor, or ​sportsplayer: a ​rock/​movie/​basketball star A star is also someone who is ​especially good at something: Janet is ​our star ​mathstudent.

starverb [I/T]

 us   /stɑr/ (-rr-)
  • star verb [I/T] (PERFORM)

to be one of the most ​important performers in a show: [I] He has starred in several ​recentmovies. [T] The ​schoolplay stars ​children in the seventh and eighth ​grades.
(Definition of star from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"star" in Business English

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starnoun [C]

uk   us   /stɑːr/
a ​symbol with four or more ​points. A ​system of stars is used to show someone's ​officialopinion of the ​quality of a ​product or ​place: Vehicles with one star are four ​times more likely to ​roll over in a ​crash than ​vehicles with five stars. Organizations are ​awarded star ​ratings to ​indicate the ​effectiveness of their ​safetyprogrammes.
someone or something that is the best in a ​group, an ​organization, etc.: Business stars were ​joined by scores of ​privateinvestors, who ​snapped up ​shares in ​quotedoperators. He's now one of the rising stars of the ​company.
MARKETING in the Boston Matrix, a ​product or ​company with a large ​share in a ​market that is ​growing very fast: If a star can ​maintain its large ​marketshare, it will become a ​cash cow when the ​marketgrowthratedeclines.
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-star used to show someone's ​officialopinion of the ​quality of a ​place, especially a ​hotel or ​restaurant. One-star is the ​lowest and five-star is the ​highest: five-star ​accommodation a four-star ​hotel
star dot star IT the set of ​symbols (*.*) that ​matches all ​DOS and Windows ​filenames. The first star ​means "all ​files", and the second star ​means "all extensions".

staradjective [before noun]

uk   us   /stɑːr/ informal
better or more important than others: star banker/manager/performer The ​consumersectorstands out as a star ​performer in the country's ​economy.
(Definition of star from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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