Superstar is a term used to refer to a celebrity who has great popular appeal and is widely known, prominent or successful in some field. Celebrities referred to as "superstars" may include individuals who work as actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, and other media-based professions. Particularly notable superstars now receive the appellation "megastar".

Origin of term

The origin of the term in the context of celebrity is uncertain, but a similar expression is attested in The Cricketers of My Time, a famous cricket book by John Nyren about the Hambledon Club. Writing in 1832, Nyren described the outstanding 18th-century batsman John Small as "a star of the first magnitude".

The earliest use of the term "superstar" has been credited to Frank Patrick in reference to the great hockey players on his Vancouver Millionaires teams of the 1910s-1920s, specifically Cyclone Taylor.

The term was later used in the 1960s by Andy Warhol: "A friend of mine named Ingrid from New Jersey came up with a new last name, just right for her new, loosely defined show-business career. She called herself "Ingrid Superstar." I'm positive Ingrid invented that word. At least, I invite anyone with "superstar" clippings that predate Ingrid's to show them to me. The more parties we went to, the more they wrote her name in the papers, Ingrid Superstar, and "superstar" was starting its media run. Ingrid called me a few weeks ago. She's operating a sewing machine now. But her name is still going. It seems incredible, doesn't it?" (Andy Warhol, The Philosophy of Andy Warhol)

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Chong Wei wants to join forces with Lin Dan to promote game

Malaysian National News Agency 04 Jul 2020
By Karina Imran. KUALA LUMPUR, July 4 -- They are good friends off court but had clashed in many matches which ranked among the most memorable in badminton history ... Chong Wei greeted news of Chinese superstar Lin Dan's retirement with a tinge of sadness but a sense of optimism that their great talents would not go to waste ... .......

RIP Saroj Khan: Amitabh Bachchan mourns shocking demise of legendary choreographer

India TV 03 Jul 2020
Her demise has yet again left a void in the hearts of not just her fans but also the whole Bollywood industry who has been again and again getting the shocking news of the passing away of various stars. Bollywood superstar Amitabh ......

Jordie Barrett jokes Beauden stitched him up with Japan deal timing - 'He's playing golf ...

TVNZ 03 Jul 2020
Your playlist will load after this ad ... Source. 1 NEWS. Beauden Barrett and the Blues confirmed a report this morning the superstar All Black is headed to Japan next year on a lucrative short-term deal which fits inside his four-year contract with New Zealand Rugby ... "I just say good on him.". Your playlist will load after this ad ... Source. Breakfast ... ....

Veteran Bollywood Choreographer Saroj Khan Dies Of Cardiac Arrest

Yahoo Daily News 03 Jul 2020
She was 71. The three-time National Award winner had not been well for some time. She was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Bandra on June 17 after she complained of breathing issues ... Mourning her death, superstar Akshay Kumar said Khan made dance look easy and accessible. “Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more....

RIP Saroj Khan: The late choreographer's prayer meet to be held after three days, informs daughter Sukaina

Bollywood Life 03 Jul 2020
RIP Saroj Khan. The prayer meet of the late choreographer will be held after three days as informed by her daughter Sukaina. ByPTIPublished. July 3, 2020 12.32 PM IST ... She was 71 ... Mourning her death, superstar Akshay Kumar said Khan made dance look easy and accessible. "Woke up to the sad news that legendary choreographer #SarojKhan ji is no more ... ....

WWE News: Superstar Details The Extreme Severity Of Recent Injury

Inquisitr 02 Jul 2020
Injuries are nothing new to WWE superstars, but some of them could end up changing their entire career and in-ring style ... Click here to continue and read more... ....

Namrata Shirodkar shares swim time photo just before Mahesh Babu crossed 10 million followers

International Business Times 02 Jul 2020
It is a treat for Namrata Shirodkar to watch the superstar playing with daughter Sitara and son Gautam and she often treats her followers with their photos, which have gone viral ... The superstar has gone on to prove that he is more popular than Rajinikanth, Kamal Haasan, Vijay, Akkineni Nagarjuna and any other Telugu actor Twitter....

Kunal Kemmu shares some throwback videos of him and has a funny take on them

Pinkvilla 02 Jul 2020
... the second clip is taken from his 2008 film "Superstar" ... News EntertainmentTags....

Michigan ’22 basketball target Fletcher Loyer moving from Clarkston to Indiana

Michigan Live 02 Jul 2020
The Detroit News broke the news late in the afternoon on ... The news comes shortly after top talent from around the state, including Ypsilanti Lincoln superstar prospect Emoni Bates, announced on Monday they were transferring to play for the newly established Ypsi Prep Academy team....

Mayor Kane opposes Covid-19 masks mandate as WWE legend votes against ruling

Metro UK 02 Jul 2020
The Big Red Machine is mayor of Knox County (Photo. WWE) ... Reporter Zack Rickens tweeted ... Ironically enough, the mayor – who was elected mayor of Knox County in 2018 – is best known to fans around the world as masked superstar Kane ... Coronavirus news live ... One replied ... Dr Hilary warns 'it'll be bad news' if people forget social distancing when pubs reopen....

WWE News: Superstar Suspended Following Misconduct Allegations

Inquisitr 01 Jul 2020
As documented by , WWE has suspended NXT UK superstar Joe Coffey following misconduct allegations against him made during the #SpeakingOut movement ... Former superstars Jack Gallagher, Ligero ......

Video: Happy birthday to Gary Busey, starring with Dennis Quaid in the upcoming podcast 'Uncle Drank'

The Oklahoman 30 Jun 2020
One-part Kenny Chesney and one-part Kenny Powers, "Uncle Drank" takes listeners back to a time before Jimmy Buffet ate a cheeseburger in paradise, before Chesney sang about not wearing shoes, and way before an acoustic guitar, a bonfire and a pair of flip-flops turned Jack Johnson into a superstar, according to the news release....

Mammootty's political drama One could get delayed as director Santosh Vishwanath not keen on resuming shoot

Pinkvilla 30 Jun 2020
The latest news reports about the southern drama titled One suggest that ... The latest news reports suggest that the south superstar Mammootty had completed the shoot of his other film, called The Priest, and had some portions of the Santosh Vishwanath directorial to be wrapped up....