Definition of all-star in English:



  • [attributive] Composed wholly of outstanding performers or players:

    ‘an all-star cast’
    • ‘With its detailed narrative, lavish photography and all-star cast, this was more of a short film than an ad.’
    • ‘The all-star cast, many of whom are stars of television and national theatre, gave an outstanding performance using the bar area as a stage.’
    • ‘An all-star cast is currently being assembled and this promises to be a fantastic production.’
    • ‘Like it or not, with that kind of all-star cast, there is bound to be another media feeding frenzy when the film is released.’
    • ‘It's a contemporary version with an a less than all-star cast.’
    • ‘Featuring an up to scratch all-star cast, it is Close who really shines, with a cracking quirky little performance, again demonstrating her range.’
    • ‘The video performance with all-star backup singers was a bit odd.’
    • ‘The panto has an all-star cast and promises to be a sellout so the advice is to come early to get a seat.’
    • ‘His all-star cast may ensure a higher profile and more bums on seats in the multiplexes, but actors of the stature of Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck are not known for taking risks.’
    • ‘An all-star cast fills this remake of a classic 1960 Rat Pack film about a crook who organizes a big heist.’
    • ‘The hotly anticipated annual ensemble show at the Assembly Rooms will be Midnight Cowboy, with an all-star cast still to be announced.’
    • ‘It features a glittering all-star cast that includes Clive Owen, Benicio del Toro and Brittany Murphy.’
    • ‘But there are more than three stars in this all-star cast.’
    • ‘In order to do that, we included an all-star cast of both monsters and actors and used the whole world as our stage.’
    • ‘Since then we've done all-star performances in London with sixty-five colleges.’
    • ‘On the one hand, you do get to see shows that might otherwise never be performed, and you get to see all-star casts that could never be assembled for a long run.’
    • ‘Stuck with an all-star cast and high-hope-filled pressure from studio execs, Hollywood publicists were in a bind.’
    • ‘Chelsea supporters had arrived in south-east London to witness their all-star cast take centre stage.’
    • ‘In the grand tradition of the Ealing comedies, the film has attracted an all-star cast of character actors.’
    • ‘The play is being presented by Open Door Theatre with an all-star cast.’


North American
  • A member of an all-star group or team.

    • ‘Sure, the Bucs look great on the field these days, but their mates are the real all-stars.’
    • ‘Encourage people to make up totally false rumors (make sure that's clear up-front, that it's all in fun) about Blogosphere all-stars.’
    • ‘As an all-star softball player, Brittany sees the game as a means to a safe, fun summer.’
    • ‘For the past 20 years, Real Madrid's team of all-stars have headed south to face their fiercest rivals.’
    • ‘The men's team sported three all-stars, while freshman setter Dan Peters scored the rookie of the year honours.’
    • ‘But then in Washington's last two big trades, the team exchanged young all-stars Chris Webber and Rasheed Wallace for aging journeymen with huge guaranteed contracts.’
    • ‘According to the Forum's Web site, its 12-member board of trustees includes some real all-stars.’
    • ‘In many ways the selection process was very similar to the way baseball picks its all-stars.’
    • ‘They aren't a team; they're a collection of overpaid all-stars.’
    • ‘Dupont and teammate Justin Faulkner were named OUA all-stars after placing in the top ten at the championships.’
    • ‘Adam Clymer's a very experienced reporter, and one of the NY Times' all-stars.’
    • ‘Just to reiterate, both Atkinson and Ricks have won the Pulitzer Prize for their writing on the military (two times in Atkinson's case), and Peter Baker is one of The Post's all-stars as well.’
    • ‘Japanese teams were once routinely beaten by American all-stars; now they play them to a draw.’
    • ‘Bring little ones to the park this month during baseball's All-Star break and dream about your own future all-stars.’
    • ‘So Popovich sat down and watched Tony Parker perform against a team of American college all-stars.’
    • ‘The phenomenon of contract-year all-stars is one of baseball's oldest running jokes.’
    • ‘Unlike those Republican capitalist Yankees, the Democrats can't afford to populate their team with high-priced all-stars.’
    • ‘Bacup manager Brent Peters will also be getting in on the action when he swaps his trade-mark coat for a pair of football boots to take on the all-stars.’
    • ‘For the second straight year defender Sarah Miles and midfielder Leslie Gibbens were chosen as first team all-stars.’
    • ‘Lopez also is scheduled to make a tour to Japan with a team of major league all-stars.’