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[stahr-duh m] /ˈstɑr dəm/
the world or class of professional stars, as of the stage.
the status of a star or preeminent performer.
Origin of stardom
1860-65; star + -dom Unabridged
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  • Until now, the trajectory of viral stardom has generally involved a spike of fame followed by a plunge into near-total anonymity.
  • Everyone on top lives with a morbid consciousness that fame-heat, stardom is a waterwheel.
  • As she talked, it occurred to me that vivaciousness and beauty did not alone propel her to stardom.
  • Unfortunately, with stardom came a cocaine problem, something he denied repeatedly to the press.
  • My first husband did want me to support him on his way to stardom.
  • He could as easily have been referring to artistic stardom as the heavens.
  • Whether his rise to stardom proves short-lived will depend largely on whether his allegations stand up.
  • Sting's many devoted fans will no doubt enjoy knowing everything about his difficult path to stardom.
  • Indifferent to stardom, he was modest too about how he had earned it.
  • In academic terms, this is as close as it gets to stardom.
British Dictionary definitions for stardom


the fame and prestige of being a star in films, sport, etc
the world of celebrities
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Word Origin and History for stardom

1865, from star in the performance sense + -dom.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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