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star British & World English

A fixed luminous point in the night sky which is a large, remote incandescent body like the sun

co-star British & World English

A cinema or stage star appearing with another or others of equal importance

all-star British & World English

Composed wholly of outstanding performers or players

Pole Star British & World English

A fairly bright star located within one degree of the celestial north pole, in the constellation Ursa Minor. It is a triple star, the bright component of which is a cepheid variable

pop star British & World English

A famous and successful singer or performer of pop music

red star British & World English

The emblem of some communist countries

rock star British & World English

A famous and successful singer or performer of rock music

dark star British & World English

A starlike object which emits little or no visible light. Its existence is inferred from other evidence, such as the eclipsing of other stars

Dog Star British & World English

The star Sirius

film star British & World English

An actor or actress who is famous for playing leading roles in films

four-star British & World English

(Especially of accommodation) given four stars in a grading system, typically one in which this denotes the highest standard or the next standard to the highest

five-star British & World English

Having five stars in a grading system in which this denotes the highest standard

star ruby British & World English

A cabochon ruby reflecting an opalescent starlike image owing to its regular internal structure

star sign British & World English

A sign of the zodiac

star turn British & World English

The person or act that gives the most heralded or impressive performance in a programme

Star Wars British & World English

Popular name for Strategic Defense Initiative.

two-star British & World English

Given two stars in a grading system in which this denotes a low middle standard, being the next above one-star

one-star British & World English

Having one star in a grading system (especially of accommodation) in which this denotes the lowest standard

basket star British & World English

A brittlestar having branched arms

binary star British & World English

A system of two stars in which one star revolves round the other or both revolve round a common centre

Bronze Star British & World English

A US military decoration awarded for heroic or meritorious achievement not involving participation in aerial flight

polar star British & World English

A star at or close to a celestial pole, especially the Pole Star

Silver Star British & World English

A decoration bestowed by the US Army upon a soldier for gallantry in action

double star British & World English

Two stars actually or apparently very close together

flare star British & World English

A dwarf star which displays spasmodic outbursts of radiation, believed to be due to extremely intense flares

star anise British & World English

A small star-shaped fruit with one seed in each arm. It has an aniseed flavour and is used unripe in Asian cookery

star apple British & World English

An edible purple fruit with a star-shaped cross section

star cloud British & World English

A region where stars appear to be especially numerous and close together

star fruit British & World English

another term for carambola.

star route British & World English

A postal delivery route served by a private contractor

star shell British & World English

An explosive projectile designed to burst in the air and light up an enemy’s position

star stream British & World English

A systematic drift of stars in the same general direction within a galaxy

star-struck British & World English

Fascinated or greatly impressed by famous people, especially those connected with the cinema or the theatre

star system British & World English

A large number of stars with a perceptible structure; a galaxy

three-star British & World English

(Especially of accommodation or service) given three stars in a grading system in which this denotes a high class or quality, being one grade below four-star

movie star British & World English

An actor or actress who is famous for playing leading roles in movies

blazing star British & World English

Any of a number of North American plants, some of which are cultivated for their flowers, in particular:

service star British & World English

A star awarded to indicate service in a specific battle or campaign

shooting star1 British & World English

A small, rapidly moving meteor burning up on entering the earth’s atmosphere

cushion star British & World English

A small shallow-water starfish with a broad body and very short blunt arms

evening star British & World English

The planet Venus, seen shining in the western sky after sunset

falling star British & World English

A meteor or shooting star

feather star British & World English

An echinoderm (marine invertebrate) with a small disc-like body, long feathery arms for feeding and movement, and short appendages for grasping the surface

Star Chamber British & World English

An English court of civil and criminal jurisdiction that developed in the late 15th century, trying especially those cases affecting the interests of the Crown. It was noted for its arbitrary and oppressive judgements and was abolished in 1641

star-crossed British & World English

Thwarted by bad luck

star sapphire British & World English

A cabochon sapphire that reflects a starlike image resulting from its regular internal structure

star-spangled British & World English

Covered, glittering, or decorated with stars


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