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noun [countable] star pronunciation in American English /stɑr/
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  1. 2
    a famous and popular person, especially an actor, entertainer, or sports personality
    a Hollywood/TV/pop star
    a big star: All the big stars were at the party.
    a child star: the former child star Shirley Temple
    make someone a star: With his contacts he can make you a star.
    a star in the making (=someone who is likely to become a star): I think we have a star in the making here.
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    1. a.
      [only before noun] typical of a star, or suitable for a star
      star quality: He’s a good player but he lacks star quality.
      star treatment (=very good and special treatment): She always gets star treatment wherever she goes.
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    2. b.
      the main actor or performer in a movie, play, television program, etc.
      Today, he’s the star of a hundred-million-dollar movie.
      the star of the show (=the best actor or performer): The dog was undoubtedly the star of the show.
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    See also all-star
  2. 3
    a sign shaped like a star that is given to a hotel or restaurant to show which group it belongs to according to its quality or importance
    How many stars does the hotel have?
    a three-star/five-star hotel/restaurant: We stayed in a five-star hotel on our honeymoon.
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    2. c.
      a sign like a star with a lot of points, used for example in computers, on a telephone, or for marking something as important
      I’ve put stars next to the names I want you to check.
      Press star now.
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  3. 4
    an object or shape with five or more points that looks like a star
    We always put a star at the top of our Christmas tree.
    the 50 stars on the US flag
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  4. 5
    someone or something that is clearly better than all the other people or things in a group
    star of: Ewing was most definitely the star of the team.
    a star pupil: Mick was a star pupil at his school.
    a star attraction: The Corvette is the star attraction at this year’s auto show.
    a rising star (of something): He had once been regarded as the rising star of the department.
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    stars

    [plural] mainly literary a power that some people believe influences what happens in the future
    He wondered what the stars held for him now.
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    1. a.
      British informal a horoscope
      Have you read your stars today?
      My stars say that I’m going to have a bad week.
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