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star system

the practice of casting and promoting star performers for their ability to draw at the box office.
Origin of star system
1900-05 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Also, we'll demonstrate—take you to any star-system in the galaxy.

    The Galaxy Primes Edward Elmer Smith
  • We know that the star-system has acquired these forms, presumably from some simple and more diffused condition.

    Man's Place in the Universe Alfred R. Wallace
British Dictionary definitions for star-system

star system

(astronomy) a group of celestial bodies that are associated as a result of natural laws
the practice of casting one or two famous actors or actresses in a film, play, etc, so that their popularity ensures its success
a design for laying cables for cable television in which each house is fed by an individual cable from a local central distribution point
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