star ( stars plural & 3rd person present) ( starring present participle) ( starred past tense & past participle )
1 n-count A star is a large ball of burning gas in space. Stars appear to us as small points of light in the sky on clear nights.
The night was dark, the stars hidden behind cloud.
2 n-count You can refer to a shape or an object as a star when it has four, five, or more points sticking out of it in a regular pattern.
Children at school receive coloured stars for work well done.
3 n-count You can say how many stars something such as a hotel or restaurant has as a way of talking about its quality, which is often indicated by a number of star-shaped symbols. The more stars something has, the better it is.
...five star hotels.
4 n-count Famous actors, musicians, and sports players are often referred to as stars.
oft supp N
...Gemma, 41, star of the TV series Pennies From Heaven..., By now Murphy is Hollywood's top male comedy star..., Not all football stars are ill-behaved louts.
5 verb If an actor or actress stars in a play or film, he or she has one of the most important parts in it.
The previous year Adolphson had starred in a play in which Ingrid had been an extra... V in n
6 verb If a play or film stars a famous actor or actress, he or she has one of the most important parts in it.
...a Hollywood film, The Secret of Santa Vittoria, directed by Stanley Kramer and starring Anthony Quinn. V n
7 n-plural Predictions about people's lives which are based on astrology and appear regularly in a newspaper or magazine are sometimes referred to as thestars.
(=horoscope) There was nothing in my stars to say I'd have travel problems!
An all-star cast, performance, or game is one which contains only famous or extremely good performers or players. adj ADJ n
co-star ( co-stars 3rd person present) ( co-starring present participle) ( co-starred past tense & past participle )
in AM, also use costar
1 n-count An actor's or actress's co-stars are the other actors or actresses who also have one of the main parts in a particular film.
usu poss N
During the filming, Curtis fell in love with his co-star, Christine Kaufmann.
2 v-recip If an actor or actress co-starswith another actor or actress, the two of them have the main parts in a particular film.
This fall she co-stars in a film with the acclaimed British actor Kenneth Branagh... V with n
Wright and Penn met when they co-starred in the movie `State Of Grace'... pl-n V in n
Cosby had originally selected her to co-star in his movie `Leonard Part 6'. V in n (non-recip)
3 verb If a film co-stars particular actors, they have the main parts in it.
Produced by Oliver Stone, `Wild Palms' co-stars Dana Delaney, Jim Belushi and Angie Dickinson. V n
film star ( film stars plural ) A film star is a famous actor or actress who appears in films.
(mainly BRIT) n-count
in AM, use movie star
Themorning star is the planet Venus, which can be seen shining in the sky just after the sun rises. n-sing the N
movie star ( movie stars plural ) A movie star is a famous actor or actress who appears in films.
(mainly AM) n-count
in BRIT, usually use film star
neutron star ( neutron stars plural ) A neutron star is a star that has collapsed under the weight of its own gravity. n-count
rising star ( rising stars plural ) A rising star in a particular sport, art, or area of business is someone who is starting to do very well and who people think will soon be very successful. (JOURNALISM) n-count
Anna is a rising star in the world of modelling.
shooting star ( shooting stars plural ) A shooting star is a piece of rock or metal that burns very brightly when it enters the earth's atmosphere from space, and is seen from earth as a bright star travelling very fast across the sky. n-count
If someone is star-crossed, they keep having bad luck.
LITERARY adj usu ADJ n
...star-crossed lovers parted by war and conflict.
star-gazer ( star-gazers plural ) , stargazer A star-gazer is someone who studies the stars as an astronomer or astrologer.
star-gazing , stargazing
Star-gazing is the activity of studying the stars as an astronomer or astrologer.
star prize ( star prizes plural ) The star prize in a competition is the most valuable prize. n-count
star sign ( star signs plural ) Your star sign is the sign of the zodiac under which you were born. n-count
A star-studded show, event, or cast is one that includes a large number of famous performers. (JOURNALISM) adj ADJ n
...a star-studded production of Hamlet...
star turn ( star turns plural ) Thestar turn of a performance or show is the main item, or the one that is considered to be the most interesting or exciting.
(mainly BRIT) n-count usu the N in sing