starhood

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

star +‎ -hood

Noun[edit]

starhood (uncountable)

  1. The state of being a star (whether an astronomic object or a celebrity).
    • 2002, Tom Siegfried, Strange Matters: Undiscovered Ideas at the Frontiers of Space and Time:
      Brown dwarfs are much bigger than planets but not quite big enough to generate the internal pressure needed to burst into starhood.
    • 2008, Mark Littmann, Fred Espenak and Ken Willcox, Totality: Eclipses of the Sun, page 289
      Near those stars-to-be, other bodies, too low in mass ever to reach starhood, also began to form.
    • 2009, Peter Benjaminson, The Lost Supreme: The Life of Dreamgirl Florence Ballard, page 169
      It was the only image of the funeral most people saw, making the occasion an emblem of Diana's starhood rather than a celebration of Florence's life and a scene of mourning for her death.

Synonyms[edit]

  • (the state of being a celebrity): stardom

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