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