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Borrowed from Latin stēllāris.



stellar (comparative more stellar, superlative most stellar)

  1. (astronomy, not comparable) Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of stars.
    Synonyms: astral, starly
  2. Heavenly.
  3. (by extension) Exceptional, exceptionally good.
    Synonym: wonderful
    The actress gave a stellar performance.
    • 1931, Music and Dance, volume 21, Melbourne, Vic.: Australian Musical News Pub. Co., →OCLC, page 27, column 2:
      Some years ago there were hundreds of musicians of ability, but of less stellar renown, who toured the country, giving performances at less than stellar fees.
    • 1970, Hardware Age, volume 205, New York, N.Y.: David Williams Co., →OCLC, page 8, column 1:
      Yet the economic seers are at it again, seemingly unabashed by their somewhat less than stellar performances in 1969.
    • 2012, Linda A. Jenkins, “What is Social Lending?”, in Creative Financing: How to Get a Small Business Loan without a Banker, Gold Alliance Group, →ISBN, page 1:
      Where a bank may automatically reject any borrower based on a bad credit score, this is not true for all social lending networks. You can still have a less than stellar score and obtain funding as long as you can convince a peer tha your project is worthy or your business model is strong.


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stellar (strong nominative masculine singular stellarer, not comparable)

  1. (relational) star; stellar


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  • stellar” in Duden online
  • stellar” in Digitales Wörterbuch der deutschen Sprache