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[stel-er] /ˈstɛl ər/
of or relating to the stars; consisting of stars.
like a star, as in brilliance, shape, etc.
pertaining to a preeminent performer, athlete, etc.
Origin of stellar
1650-60; < Late Latin stellāris, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ārius -ar1
Related forms
nonstellar, adjective
transstellar, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for stellar
  • In their wake, stars leave behind exotic condensed objects collectively known as stellar remnants.
  • The nebula gives astronomers a close-up view of a stellar nursery, where stars are born from condensing clouds of dust and gas.
  • Scientists believe the stars in the image are part of a stellar cluster in which a supernova exploded.
  • At about eight billion years old, the star is now in the red giant stage, a late phase of stellar evolution in sunlike stars.
  • Astronomers suspect the bubble was carved by fast stellar winds blown by a central cluster of stars.
  • stellar x-rays are emitted by superheated gas in the stars' atmospheres, or coronas.
  • Fortunately, much of that is produced by nuclear reactions in stars, and such stellar neutrinos have relatively low energies.
  • And in any case, stellar wobbles give no clue as to whether a planet is barren and rocky or bursting with alien beasties.
  • Only a tiny fraction were absorbed by the stellar gas, and they had so much energy they ripped apart the outer layers of the star.
  • Each one is different, some with stellar characters, others with their senses of humor.
British Dictionary definitions for stellar


of, relating to, involving, or resembling a star or stars
of or relating to star entertainers
(informal) outstanding or immense: companies are registering stellar profits
Word Origin
C17: from Late Latin stellāris, from Latin stella star
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Word Origin and History for stellar

1650s, "pertaining to stars, star-like," from Latin stellaris "pertaining to a star, starry," from stella (see star (n.)). Meaning "outstanding, leading" (1883) is from the theatrical sense of star.

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stellar in Science
Relating to or consisting of stars.
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Slang definitions & phrases for stellar


  1. (also steerer) A person who steers patrons and victims: He is nothing but a steer for a bust-out joint (entry form 1939+, variant 1873+)
  2. Advice or information; a bit of useful data (1899+)

To take or inveigle someone to a place or person where gamblers or confidence men might victimize him: I been steerin' for Schwiefka all day (1889+ Underworld)

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bum steer

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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