Definition of one-star in US English:



  • 1(especially of a hotel or restaurant) given one star in a grading system in which this denotes the lowest class or quality.

    ‘a good one-star hotel’
    • ‘His plans come on the back of a turbulent period which saw the council's social services department stripped of its one-star status because of serious shortcomings in its children's services.’
    • ‘This is, in the final analysis, a one-star hotel of a movie masquerading as a five-star showpiece.’
    • ‘It's more a one-star motorway hotel than the Hilton: fairly spacious, clean, but spartan, with just a bed, a desk and chair, a shower and toilet, a coffee - machine and a TV, with access to channels in his native Serbian.’
    • ‘We cannot demand five-star cars from manufacturers and then settle for one-star roads.’
    • ‘He said: ‘At the end of the day has everybody at home got a one-star Michelin chef in their kitchen cupboard?’’
    • ‘The report states the council will need to demonstrate ‘strong political will’ and ‘full and continued commitment’ to improve on its Department of Health one-star rating.’
    • ‘A hospital stripped of its one-star rating after managers were discovered fiddling waiting list figures has failed to win it back in the latest round of inspections.’
    • ‘The report, which rates the department's performance on a star-rated system from zero to three, saw Cumbria's social services stripped of its former one-star status to zero.’
    • ‘The one-star hotel employing 55 people was closed suddenly on July 31 without the workers being given prior notice.’
    • ‘Privately, opposition councillors have told the Comet they believe the report is an early indicator Sutton will be consigned to another year of being a one-star borough in social services.’
    • ‘Health bosses in East Yorkshire reacted with anger last night after it emerged that they had slipped to a lowly one-star rating because of a failure to treat enough patients within Government target times.’
    • ‘A quick scan on Travelocity and Expedia found packages starting at $300 per person for air and one-star hotels, including taxes.’
    • ‘It was superb, as you would expect from a Michelin one-star, and I await Mary's write-up, meanwhile you can Google ‘sketch library restaurant reviews’.’
    • ‘According to NHTSA's system, a one-star rating means a high likelihood of rolling over, and a five-star rating means a low likelihood.’
    • ‘Department of Health inspectors stripped CCC Social Services of its former one-star status leaving it with zero stars out of a possible three.’
    • ‘A one-star hotel can get away with only five rooms and no staff-to-guest ratio is stipulated.’
    • ‘The commission's latest reports, to be published in the next few weeks, will award both departments the low one-star standard, showing they provide only a fair service.’
    • ‘Mayors will be entitled to categorise family hotels, one-star hotels, motels and hostels, and up to two-star restaurants and entertainment facilities.’
    • ‘I welcome its promotion to the one-star league and know it will have been gained through a lot of hard graft.’
    • ‘Police said they had arrested a man suspected of starting the fire, which spread just before dawn from the ground floor to all six floors and the roof of the Hotel du Palais, a popular one-star tourist hotel.’
    1. 1.1 (in the US armed forces) having or denoting the rank of brigadier general, distinguished by one star on the uniform.
      ‘a one-star general’
      • ‘She is only one of three women of the 42,000 women serving in the Army National Guard to attain the one-star general rank.’
      • ‘His deputy, a one-star destined for great things, ran the division, constantly prepared to relieve the brigade commander fighting the battle.’
      • ‘This is a better alignment than having me serve as a one-star Naval component commander.’
      • ‘I approached a one-star and asked if the three-star who was the ranking officer at the event would like to meet Flanagan, an original from D-Day.’
      • ‘The one-star general overseeing reconstruction contracts in Iraq said in response to the audit that the lack of documentation didn't prove the money was wasted.’
      • ‘The Command Director, an one-star general officer or colonel, is always on duty in the command center.’
      • ‘While setup is a daunting job in itself, as the senior enlisted adviser, the chief also provided a communication link between the commander, an Army one-star, and his temporary troops.’
      • ‘The appointment of a two-star general, the first after a couple of years under the command of a one-star general, and possibly the presence of more soldiers in the area, has sparked a wide range of criticism.’
      • ‘In 1996, no women held three or four-star rank, and only 2 of the 277 two-star officers and 14 of the 430 one-star officers were women.’
      • ‘The highlight of the building dedication was to be a speech by a one-star general.’
      • ‘That early, chilling memory played a key role in his career choice, and today, as a Navy captain, he is slated to swap his eagle collar devices for those of a one-star admiral.’
      • ‘And it designated a one-star general on the Joint Chiefs of Staff to work on the issue.’
      • ‘And the general himself stopped he said at the one-star general level.’
      • ‘Cdre R. Walker MB BS, Diploma of Diving and Hyperbaric Medicine, is the first female one-star officer in the RAN.’
      • ‘The one-star general also said that the man had told police investigators that his motive in the bomb attack was revenge against the police who were in the process of reprimanding tardiness.’
      • ‘The command, to be headed by a two-star army general, will operate from the army's general headquarters, and is effectively an upgrading of the army's missile control, now led by a one-star general.’
      • ‘She was among 53 army colonels, 12 navy captains and 11 air force colonels promoted to one-star officers.’
      • ‘A one-star admiral has become the first woman to head up the U.S. Coast Guard's Fifth District.’
      • ‘Now, this general is a one-star general - hence, the further point of my question, which was about why we were getting briefed by, in effect, middle management.’
      • ‘Any item to be included in the database needs to be unclassified and cleared at one-star level before the information can be displayed.’



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