Definition of stellar in English:



  • 1Relating to a star or stars.

    ‘stellar structure and evolution’
    • ‘So many, perhaps most, of these so-called planetary systems may in fact be stellar or brown dwarf binaries.’
    • ‘If the interior of the Sun were better mixed then it might have a longer lifetime, but things are as they are, and stellar interiors are heavily stratified.’
    • ‘Dwarf irregular galaxies are probably fairly old stellar systems whose chemical and physical properties may be the result of the process of slow evolution.’
    • ‘Astronomers see these processes occurring in other stars and witness outbursts and oscillations in stellar sizes on all sorts of time scales.’
    • ‘I researched my vet and found that although one nearby was okay, one only a short distance further had a stellar reputation.’
    • ‘Because planets are so dim compared to stars, technology has not been able to spot them amid stellar glare.’
    • ‘He has photographed enough stellar nebula, white dwarfs and pinwheel galaxies to fill many a photo album.’
    • ‘It is also the first disk imaged around an M-type red dwarf, the most common type of star in the stellar neighborhood around the Sun.’
    • ‘He was also the editor or co-editor of substantial publications on the atmospheres of the Earth and the planets, the Solar System, and stars and stellar systems.’
    • ‘The remnant stellar core in the centre is now sending out a flood of ultraviolet light into the surrounding gas.’
    • ‘This synthesis of nuclear physics and stellar astronomy has led us to four significant conclusions.’
    • ‘The stars are replaced by a homogenous sea of glowing hot gas with embedded jewels of stellar accretion disks, neutron stars and super nova remnants.’
    • ‘And a trio of roughly Earth-sized planets was found in 2002 to orbit a dense stellar corpse known as a neutron star.’
    • ‘Scientists say the data will not only reveal the composition of the sun, but illuminate how our planet could have formed from clouds of stellar dust.’
    • ‘After about three years concentrating on a mathematical theory of stellar structure, Milne turned his attention to cosmology.’
    • ‘Thus in 1495 Pico della Mirandola dismissed divinatory astrology as a confusion of real physical planets with stellar divinities.’
    • ‘It has been used for observations ranging from galaxy structure to stellar evolution.’
    • ‘At each stage, mass is lost, the stellar structure changes, and the star recycles chemical elements into space.’
    • ‘The Great Pyramid could have functioned as a stellar observatory during its construction.’
    • ‘Most theories of stellar evolution portray stars as lone entities or perhaps in a pair with one other star.’
    celestial, cosmic, stellar
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    1. 1.1informal Featuring or having the quality of a star performer or performers.
      ‘a stellar cast had been assembled’
      • ‘This might sound a bit like adverts for trips to Mars that are coming soon, but in Sweden, their absent hero has a stellar quality.’
      • ‘They won't risk tarnishing their reputation by recommending anyone who is not a stellar performer.’
      • ‘Altman must pull the strings for a stellar cast of 48, while interweaving maybe 20 storylines into a coherent whole with the aid of two observers.’
      • ‘The £6m independent production has assembled one of those quietly stellar casts that more typically adorn a BBC costume drama.’
      • ‘Befitting such a stellar cast, the performances were superlative throughout.’
      • ‘One of the best soap opera parodies on television, Soap ran for four seasons and featured a stellar cast of players.’
      • ‘Bensusan has established himself as a compelling concert performer and a stellar contributor to worldwide music festivals.’
      • ‘His service in the Senate, while not describable as stellar, has featured some important moments of gravity and responsibility.’
      • ‘Add to that some solid performances from a stellar cast, notably an outstanding turn by Johnny Depp, and you have all the ingredients for a rollicking good tale.’
      • ‘The club's fortunes were considered to be inextricably entwined with those of their, supposedly, one stellar performer.’
      • ‘Director Stephen Daldry's experience in the theatre enables him to coax extraordinary performances from a stellar cast.’
      • ‘The audience loved him, but he seemed oddly unaware of the crowd, as if he was a star actor giving a stellar performance to a television camera.’
      • ‘This double disc features some of last year's best, a stellar line-up featuring the cream of the crop.’
      • ‘Undoubtedly the launch of the musical in Melbourne this weekend will be a real gas, and how could it not be given its origins and stellar cast and Brooks here to send it on its merry way.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the date featured a stellar line-up of talent and those in attendance were quite appreciative.’
      • ‘A stellar career has included stints as Poet in Residence at the Frost Place, New Hampshire, and Writer in Residence at Trinity College.’
      • ‘In many cases, soldiers who were not stellar performers in the rear not only rose to the challenge but also impressed us every day.’
      • ‘The choreographer went on a quest for spirituality; he returned without answers, but with a few stellar performers.’
      • ‘At least the selection of stellar performers should intersect with the tastes of someone on your Christmas list and save you both some embarrassment.’
      • ‘So all things considered Steve Waugh is equipped to become a stellar media performer, and which seems almost mandatory when a legend now leaves the crease.’
    2. 1.2informal Exceptionally good; outstanding.
      ‘his restaurant has received stellar ratings in the guides’
      • ‘Not cheap but worth it, considering the stellar quality of the food and the setting, which could be mistaken for a small, exclusive club.’
      • ‘Estrada is a wonderful nominee, with stellar credentials and a record that would be the envy of practically any lawyer.’
      • ‘Somewhere in a parallel universe a stellar career in marketing is unfolding.’
      • ‘Its not stellar video quality, but its far better than say Crimes and Misdemeanors, which I hope to get reviewed soon as well.’
      • ‘The exhibition provided a stellar chance to feature the work of five female artists from and for the Haitian art community.’
      • ‘The aluminum chassis has decent, but not stellar, ride quality.’
      • ‘They cannot promise their IPO companies stellar research ratings or even coverage.’
      • ‘Take time to appreciate your stellar grades, that awesome masterpiece you painted for art class and the way you've been able to reach out to a troubled pal.’
      • ‘Boasting a stellar career that spans over 40 years, Freddie began developing his craft in the mid-60s.’
      • ‘They are among the least expensive for all their stellar qualities.’
      • ‘Some of the features are really quite stellar, while others seem half-baked.’
      • ‘It's an exceptional read, a stellar reference, and a one-of-a-kind conversation partner for the trip.’
      • ‘As long as you bear in mind that you're dealing with a toy, you might not be too bothered by the less than stellar quality.’
      • ‘There was a stellar quality to the husband's contribution.’
      • ‘He had, indeed has, a sort of stellar quality unmatched by all but one or two of his former colleagues in the Australian foreign service.’
      • ‘The show premiered two weeks ago to less than stellar ratings.’
      • ‘Glenview have lost a list of stellar names to their Super League rivals Abbey United, while many of those who waited at the club decided to wait in Sligo on Sunday as well.’
      • ‘The former ‘Dateline’ host went into the big-time talk arena, but ratings were less than stellar.’
      • ‘Instilling these values guaranteed my friend a stellar credit rating and history.’
      • ‘The image quality isn't stellar, but as Cohen points out in the commentary, the movie looks good for a non-studio effort.’
      exceptional, extraordinary, remarkable, outstanding, amazing, astonishing, astounding, stunning, staggering, marvellous, magnificent, wonderful, sensational, breathtaking, miraculous, singular
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Mid 17th century: from late Latin stellaris, from Latin stella star.