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[soo-per-stahr] /ˈsu pərˌstɑr/
a person, as a performer or athlete, who enjoys wide recognition, is esteemed for exceptional talent, and is eagerly sought after for his or her services.
any very prominent or successful person or thing.
Origin of superstar
1920-25, Americanism; super- + star
Related forms
superstardom, noun Unabridged
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  • But plenty of executives are getting superstar pay for journeyman work.
  • Not having swung a bat in years, he was suddenly anything but the superstar adventurer.
British Dictionary definitions for superstar


a popular singer, film star, etc, who is idolized by fans and elevated to a position of importance in the entertainment industry
Derived Forms
superstardom, noun
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Word Origin and History for superstar

1925, in the sports and entertainment sense, from super- + star (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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