One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Heraldry. A charge in the form of a star with wavy rays.
2(A title for) a leading dancer in a ballet company.
Early 18th century (in an earlier sense). From French étoile star, star-shaped fort, X-shaped bandage, a charge in the form of a star, leading dancer in a ballet company from classical Latin stella star.
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