1a fixed luminous point in the night sky which is a large, remote incandescent body like the sun.
2a conventional or stylized representation of a star, typically having five or more points:the walls were painted with silver moons and stars
a star-shaped symbol used to indicate a category of excellence:the hotel has three stars [as modifier]:MPs suggested giving ferries star ratings
an asterisk:the captain has a star against his name
a white patch on the forehead of a horse or other animal.
(also star connection) [usually as modifier] a Y-shaped arrangement of three-phase electrical windings.
(also star network) [usually as modifier] a data or communication network in which all nodes are independently connected to one central unit:computers in a star layout
3a very famous or talented entertainer or sports player:a pop star [as modifier]:she got star treatment
an outstandingly successful person or thing in a group:he’s a rising star in the party [as modifier]:Elinor was a star pupil
4 Astrology a planet, constellation, or configuration regarded as influencing a person’s fortunes or personality:his golf destiny was written in the stars
(stars) informal a horoscope published in a newspaper or magazine:what do my stars say?
5used in names of starfishes and similar echinoderms with five or more radiating arms, e.g. cushion star, brittlestar.
1(of a film, play, or other show) have (someone) as a principal performer:a film starring Liza Minnelli
[no object] (of a performer) have a principal role in a film, play, or other show:McQueen had starred in such epics as The Magnificent Seven (as adjective starring)his first starring role
[no object] perform exceptionally in a game or other event:Beckham starred in the win over Leeds
2decorate or cover with star-shaped marks or objects:thick grass starred with flowers
mark (something) for special notice or recommendation with an asterisk or other star-shaped symbol:the activities listed below are starred according to their fitness ratings (as adjective, in combination -starred)Michelin-starred restaurants
have stars in one's eyes
be idealistically hopeful about one’s future:a singer selected from hundreds of applicants with stars in their eyes
informal, dated an expression of astonishment:my stars, has everybody got you wrong!
reach for the stars
have high or ambitious aims:ever since Cooke told him he was too small to play, the flanker has reached for the stars
seem to see flashes of light, especially as a result of being hit on the head.
you're a star!
informal used to praise someone’s efforts, especially by way of thanks.