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star (n.)

Old English steorra "star," from Proto-Germanic *sternan- (source also of Old Saxon sterro, Old Frisian stera, Dutch ster, Old High German sterro, German Stern, Old Norse stjarna, Swedish stjerna, Danish stierne, Gothic stairno). This is from PIE root *ster- (2) "star."

Astrological sense of "influence of planets and zodiac on human affairs" is recorded from mid-13c., hence "person's fate as figured in the stars" (c. 1600; star-crossed "ill-fated" is from "Romeo and Juliet," 1592). Meaning "lead performer" is from 1824; star turn is from 1898. Stars as a ranking of quality for hotels, restaurants, etc. are attested from 1886, originally in Baedecker guides. Sticker stars as rewards for good students are recorded from 1970s. Brass star as a police badge is recorded from 1859 (New York City). Star-cluster is from 1870. To see stars when one is hit hard on the head is from 1839.

star (v.)

1590s, "to affix a star or asterisk to," from star (n.). From 1718 as "to set with stars." Meaning "perform the lead part" (of actors, singers, etc.) is from 1824. Sporting sense is from 1916. Related: Starred; starring.

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Definitions of star from WordNet
1
star (n.)
(astronomy) a celestial body of hot gases that radiates energy derived from thermonuclear reactions in the interior;
star (n.)
someone who is dazzlingly skilled in any field;
Synonyms: ace / adept / champion / sensation / maven / mavin / virtuoso / genius / hotshot / superstar / whiz / whizz / wizard / wiz
star (n.)
any celestial body visible (as a point of light) from the Earth at night;
star (n.)
an actor who plays a principal role;
Synonyms: principal / lead
star (n.)
a plane figure with 5 or more points; often used as an emblem;
star (n.)
a performer who receives prominent billing;
Synonyms: headliner
star (n.)
a star-shaped character * used in printing;
Synonyms: asterisk
star (n.)
the topology of a network whose components are connected to a hub;
Synonyms: star topology
2
star (v.)
feature as the star;
The movie stars Dustin Hoffman as an autistic man
star (v.)
be the star in a performance;
star (v.)
mark with an asterisk;
Linguists star unacceptable sentences
Synonyms: asterisk
3
star (adj.)
indicating the most important performer or role;
a star figure skater
the starring role
Synonyms: leading / prima / starring / stellar
From wordnet.princeton.edu