Etymology
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stellar (adj.)

1650s, "pertaining to stars, star-like," from Late Latin stellaris "pertaining to a star, starry," from stella "star," from PIE *sterla-, suffixed form of root *ster- (2) "star." Meaning "outstanding, leading" (1883) is from the theatrical sense of star.

updated on April 24, 2017

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Definitions of stellar from WordNet

stellar (adj.)
indicating the most important performer or role;
a stellar role
a stellar performance
Synonyms: leading / prima / star / starring
stellar (adj.)
being or relating to or resembling or emanating from stars;
stellar light
Synonyms: astral
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