of or pertaining to the stars; consisting of stars.
like a star, as in brilliance, shape, etc.
pertaining to a preeminent performer, athlete, etc.

1650–60; < Late Latin stellāris, equivalent to stell(a) star + -ārius -ar1

nonstellar, adjective
transstellar, adjective Unabridged
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stellar (ˈstɛlə)
1.  of, relating to, involving, or resembling a star or stars
2.  of or relating to star entertainers
3.  informal outstanding or immense: companies are registering stellar profits
[C17: from Late Latin stellāris, from Latin stella star]

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Word Origin & History

1656, "pertaining to stars, star-like," from L. stellaris "pertaining to a star, starry," from stella (see star). Meaning "outstanding, leading" (1883) is from the theatrical sense of star.
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Science Dictionary
stellar   (stěl'ər)  Pronunciation Key 
Relating to or consisting of stars.
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Example sentences
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.
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