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Sterne am Nachthimmel — Stars in the night sky (1, 2)
Eine Animation des Sterns Sirius — An animation of the star Sirius. (2)
Auf der Flagge von Chile ist ein weißer Stern. — There is a white star on the flag of Chile. (3,4)


From Old High German sterno, from Proto-Germanic *sternǭ, *sternô (compare Dutch ster(star), Old English steorra(star) (Modern English star), Danish stjerne(star), Swedish stjärna(star), Icelandic stjarna(star), Gothic 𐍃𐍄𐌰𐌹𐍂𐌽𐍉(stairnō)). Ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₂stḗr. Further cognates include Latin stēlla(star), Ancient Greek ἀστήρ(astḗr, star) and Sanskrit तारा(tārā, star).



Stern m ‎(genitive Sterns or Sternes, plural Sterne, diminutive Sternchen n or Sternlein n)

  1. a star; a small luminous dot that can be seen on the night sky
    Barnards Stern — Barnard's Star
    Morgenstern — morning star

Wenn ein Stern in finst´rer Nacht
strahlend dir entgegenlacht,
schau zum Himmel und
du hast drei Wünsche frei

When you wish upon a star
Makes no difference who you are
Anything your heart desires
Will come to you
  1. (astronomy) a star; the actual celestial body
  2. (geometry, heraldry) a star, a mullet, or anything that resembles such an object
    fünfzackiger Stern — five-pointed star
    DavidsternStar of David
    Sternenbannerstars and stripes (the flag of the USA)
    NATO-Stern — NATO star
    der rote Stern — the red star
  3. a star; the symbol used to rate hotels, movies, etc.
    Fünf-Sterne-Hotel — five-star hotel
  4. (printing, chiefly Sternchen) an asterisk (*)
    • 2007, Klaus M. Rodewig and Amin Negm-Awad, Objective-C und Cocoa: Programmieren unter Apple Mac OS X, 2nd edition, page 83:
      Bei der Deklaration eines Zeigers kann der Stern (Asterisk) sowohl beim Namen der Variablen (int *zahl) als auch beim Datentyp (int* zahl) stehen.
  5. (figuratively, chiefly Sternchen) a star, starlet, celebrity, something or somebody popular
    ein Schlagerstern(chen) — a schlager-music starlet
  6. (meteorology) a stellar crystal, a snow crystal possessing the shape of a star





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