Definitions for asteriskˈæs tə rɪsk; -rɪsk; ˈæs tə rɪks; ˈæs tə rɪk

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

as•ter•isk*ˈæs tə rɪsk; -rɪsk; ˈæs tə rɪks; ˈæs tə rɪk(n.)

  1. a small starlike symbol (*), used in writing and printing as a reference mark or to indicate omission, doubtful matter, etc.

  2. this symbol used in linguistics to mark an ungrammatical or otherwise unacceptable utterance.

    Category: Language/Linguistics

  3. (v.t.)to mark with an asterisk.

* Pron: While the final syllable of asterisk is usu. pronouncedwith the (s) preceding the (k), a metathesized pronunciation of the word, in which the (s) and (k) change places to produceis also heard. This pronunciation is sometimes falsely analyzed as a plural, with a corresponding singularBothandalthough occasionally heard among educated speakers, are considered nonstandard pronunciations.

Origin of asterisk:

1350–1400; ME < L asteriscus < Gk asterískos, dim. of astḗrstar

Princeton's WordNet

  1. asterisk, star(verb)

    a star-shaped character * used in printing

  2. star, asterisk(verb)

    mark with an asterisk

    "Linguists star unacceptable sentences"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. asterisk(noun)ˈæs tə rɪsk

    a symbol (*) indicating information in another place


  1. asterisk(Noun)

    Symbol (*).

  2. asterisk(Noun)

    A blemish in an otherwise outstanding achievement.

    They came into the tournament highly ranked, but with a little bit of an asterisk as their last two wins had been unconvincing.

  3. asterisk(Noun)

    Alternate of Asteriscus.

  4. asterisk(Verb)

    To mark with an asterisk symbol (*)

  5. Origin: From asteriscus, from ἀστερίσκος, diminutive of ἀστήρ.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Asterisk(noun)

    the figure of a star, thus, /, used in printing and writing as a reference to a passage or note in the margin, to supply the omission of letters or words, or to mark a word or phrase as having a special character


  1. Asterisk

    An asterisk is a typographical symbol or glyph. It is so called because it resembles a conventional image of a star. Computer scientists and mathematicians often pronounce it as star, or, more informally, splat. In English, an asterisk is usually five-pointed in sans-serif typefaces, six-pointed in serif typefaces, and six- or eight-pointed when handwritten. It can be used to censor swear words and vulgar or objectionable text. The asterisk is derived from the need of the printers of family trees in feudal times for a symbol to indicate date of birth. The original shape was seven-armed, each arm like a teardrop shooting from the center. In computer science, the asterisk is commonly used as a wildcard character, or to denote pointers, repetition, or multiplication.

Anagrams of asterisk

  1. sarkiest, skaiters

Translations for asterisk

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a star-shaped mark (*) used in printing to draw attention to a note etc.

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