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Sterne am Nachthimmel — Stars in the night sky (1, 2)
Eine Annimation vom Stern Sirius — An animation of the star Sirius. (2)
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 Sternes or Sterns, plural Sterne, diminutive Sternchen n)

  1. a star; a small luminous dot that can be seen on the night sky
    Barnards Stern — Barnard's Star
    Morgenstern — morning star
  2. (astronomy) a star; the actual celestial body
  3. (geometry) a star or anything that resembles such an object
    fünfzackiger Stern — five-pointed star
    DavidsternStar of David
  4. (heraldry) a star or mullet
    Der Stern ist auf vielen Nationalflaggen zu finden. — The star can be found quite often on national flags.
    Sternenbannerstars and stripes (nickname for the flag of the USA)
    NATO-Stern — NATO star
    der rote Stern — the red star
  5. (printing) an asterisk (*)
  6. (figuratively) a star, a celebrity, something or somebody popular
    Ein neuer Stern am Schlagerhimmel. — A new star (=celebrity, famous person) in the branch of pop music.
  7. a star; the symbol used to rate hotels, movies, etc.
    fünf Sterne Hotel — five star hotel
  8. (meteorology) a stellar crystal, a snow crystal possessing the shape of a star





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