- a cluster of stars too distant to be seen separately with the naked eye
- Informal an enchanting, dreamlike state or mood; starry-eyed quality
- Charm or attractiveness that stems from celebrity and tends to forestall criticism: “The relative unknowns &ellipsis; bring enough style [to the musical] to make up for any perceived lack of stardust” (Charles Isherwood).
- A dreamlike, romantic, or uncritical sense of well-being.
- a. Dust formed in very hot gasses ejected from stellar atmospheres or in supernova explosions.b. A cluster of stars too distant to be seen individually, resembling a dimly luminous cloud of dust. Not in scientific use.c. Minute particles of matter that fall to Earth from the stars. Not in scientific use.
(usually uncountable, plural stardusts)
- Particles of matter that fall from the stars down to Earth; often used idiomatically to suggest a fanciful or dreamlike quality.
- My sister's eyes were full of stardust, and she'd spend hours lazily planning her future life when she would make her big break in the movies.
- (informal, dated, astronomy) A distant cluster of stars, resembling a cloud, the individual stars of which cannot be resolved.
- A spacecraft designed to investigate the makeup of comets