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From Middle English sterry, equivalent to star +‎ -y.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈstɑː.ɹi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈstɑɹ.i/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɑːɹi


starry (comparative starrier, superlative starriest)

  1. Having stars visible.
    Synonym: stelliferous
    Alyssa stared out of her window at the starry night sky.
  2. Resembling or shaped like a star.
    • 1832, Letitia Elizabeth Landon, Heath's Book of Beauty, 1833, The Enchantress, page 21:
      I shrank from the starry waters as they rose to my lip, but a power stronger than my will compelled me to their taste.
    • 1904, Flora and Sylva, volume 2, page 90:
      An old shrub long grown in gardens for its irregular yellow flowers of peculiar starry shape, coming from October to December.
  3. Full of stars or celebrities.
    Synonym: star-studded
    Despite a starry cast, the film performed poorly at the box office.
    • 2022 October 5, Michael Paulson, “Suzan-Lori Parks Is on Broadway, Off Broadway and Everywhere Else”, in The New York Times[1]:
      A starry 20th-anniversary revival of “Topdog/Underdog,” her Pulitzer Prize-winning fable about two brothers, three-card monte and one troubling inheritance, is in previews on Broadway.

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