Definition of starry in English:



  • 1Full of or lit by stars.

    ‘a starry sky’
    • ‘Hung on the wall in a grid, the paintings resemble a starry night sky - the gorgeous and serendipitous result of a very mechanical process.’
    • ‘Alex gazed out the window into the starry night sky.’
    • ‘It reminded me visually and spatially of how it feels to be very little and gaze up at the sky on a clear and starry night.’
    • ‘I sealed the letter and stared out the window at the starry night sky, imagining that Alex was staring at the same sky in Krakow.’
    • ‘This time, instead of a colorful sunset, it's a starry night sky.’
    • ‘The Christmas tree is decorated with coloured lights because they remind us of the stars flickering through the branches on a cold starry winter night.’
    • ‘I see myself now under a big wide starry sky - the same stars I used to gaze at as a child by dad's side.’
    • ‘Maybe because (for some reason I'm not sure of) it reminds me of being outside on a cool October night, under a starry sky.’
    • ‘We passed through channels edged by emerald mountains and snowcapped volcanoes; the starry night skies were unsurpassable.’
    • ‘In this poem, Longley acknowledges that in spite of his long experience as a professional poet, he finds it difficult to describe, to put into words, the starry night sky that he observes.’
    • ‘The nights come with late night discussions under the starry sky cooled by strong, cool, humid gusts of wind.’
    • ‘Sarah stared out the window watching the sky fade from a multitude of color to a black starry night.’
    • ‘Week after week there were clear skies by day and starry skies at night.’
    • ‘Then you wait for a few moments, silently marvelling at the beautiful starry night and the almost magical stillness.’
    • ‘He glanced up at the full moon hanging in the clear, starry sky.’
    • ‘Countryside campaigners have launched a campaign to save North and East Yorkshire's starry night sky.’
    • ‘She gazed up at the starry night sky and thought about her future.’
    • ‘The North-east monsoon showers have heralded the coming of the season of chilly nights, starry skies and misty mornings in the city.’
    • ‘I go outside in the cold to get to the breaker box and find I'm standing in the alley beneath a perfectly clear and starry sky.’
    • ‘When they helicopter began to descend to the earth, the clouds from the sky had somewhat blown away, to give way to a clear starry night sky.’
    1. 1.1 Resembling a star in brightness or shape.
      ‘tiny white starry flowers’
      • ‘Its leaves are a deep glossy-green and it bears fragrant, starry, white flowers that are frequented by butterflies.’
      • ‘Indeed, aster, the Latin word for star, aptly describes the starry flower heads.’
      • ‘The starry pink and white flowers of Daphne x burkwoodii in spring are so small it's hard to believe they can release such a huge scent.’
      • ‘This heavy bloomer gets its name from the way each flower bud swells before its starry petals unfold.’
      • ‘He looked to Juan, eyes bright and starry.’
      • ‘Guttering sweet oil lamps hooded with brass-stamped patterns make glowing starry shapes on the walls and ceiling.’
      • ‘Bluebeard comes on strong in spring with silvery, almost-white toothed foliage, followed by the clearest blue, starry flowers in late summer.’
      • ‘He was running across a field that bore only the most luminous, starry flowers in existence.’
      • ‘Their flower clusters differ from lacecaps in that some varieties produce sterile flowers with petallike sepals, while others bear smaller fertile flowers with starry petals.’
      • ‘This will brighten you up and let your starry eyes shine!’
      • ‘After an initial flash of light, of a painful but very starry brightness everywhere, the world went suddenly dark, and life seemed to be draining from my limbs, along with my consciousness.’
      • ‘Allium aflatunense (native to Iran) has dense spherical umbels of starry lilac-purple flowers (the puffball effect) on stems two to three feet tall.’
      • ‘A starry cascade of bright lights flew out, accompanied by a score of rockets.’
  • 2informal Relating to stars in the world of entertainment.

    ‘the series had the benefit of a starry cast’
    • ‘The action is set against an original score by composer Deirdre Gribbin, Stein's wife, while the starry cast also includes Susannah York and Anne Marie Duff.’
    • ‘Despite a starry cast - Joaquin Phoenix, Adrien Brody, William Hurt, Sigourney Weaver - the film's try at myth-making makes it ponderous.’
    • ‘He is part of the starry ensemble in Stephen Fry's Evelyn Waugh adaptation Bright Young Things.’
    • ‘Arthur Lowe, John Le Mesurier, Clive Dunn and Ian Lavender are among the more starry names associated with the television series.’
    • ‘The government in particular will be hoping that the public tires of the Hutton inquiry as is stretches into its second and third weeks and beyond, but the starry cast list makes this unlikely.’
    • ‘The cast is appreciably less starry than the 1969 production, though this has the effect of focusing attention more on the text than the performance.’
    • ‘Any reasonably sensible person who had seen the movie would know that a stage adaptation couldn't possibly work, but that, apparently, didn't prevent a number of starry names from signing up to the project.’
    • ‘Mark Elder conducts a starry cast, led by Simon Keenlyside and Vesselina Kasarova, with a rare cameo appearance (in London) by the veteran Renato Bruson.’
    • ‘He heads a starry cast that includes Robbie Coltrane, John Cleese and Dame Maggie Smith.’
    • ‘And director Gore Verbinski, whose last outing as helmer was the spooky thriller The Ring, handles the action with aplomb while still bringing the best out of his starry cast.’
    • ‘Dangerous Liaisons, a corset drama with steady rather than starry names, became an unexpectedly big hit.’
    • ‘From its sea monsters to its starry cast, this is a dazzling Idomeneo, says Andrew Clements’
    • ‘Having said that, I'd much rather see the project turned into a TV mini-series with a less starry cast so as to give the story a bit of room to breathe.’
    • ‘Zac Posen went onto co-host the night's most starry after party in Marquee with him.’
    • ‘With a much bigger budget at his disposal, Rodriguez employs a starry cast and racks up the gun play with a series of action set pieces.’
    • ‘A starry cast - including Susan Sarandon, Jeff Goldblum and Claire Danes - is assembled on the Long Island set of Igby Goes Down.’
    • ‘This 1953 recording was the first on LP, as opposed to 78s, and its starry cast attracted a wide audience.’
    • ‘Renee Robinson and Jeffrey Gerodias led the company, the brightest stars in a starry firmament: fluid Ellington, often classical ballet, always Ailey.’
    • ‘The starry cast is led by Ralph Fiennes as Mark Antony, Simon Russell Beale as Cassius, Paul Rhys as Brutus, Fiona Shaw as Portia and John Shrapnel as Caesar.’
    • ‘It's based in the opulent Glasgow hotel, One Devonshire Gardens, thus guaranteeing a steady stream of starry names among the diners.’