Etymology
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starlet (n.)

1825, "small star," from star (n.) + diminutive suffix -let. Meaning "promising young female performer" is from 1911 [Italian soprano Emma Trentini (1878-1959), so called in "The Theatre" magazine, March 1911].

updated on March 14, 2015

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Definitions of starlet from WordNet

starlet (n.)
a young (film) actress who is publicized as a future star;
starlet (n.)
a small star;
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