AskDefine | Define daystar

Dictionary Definition

daystar n : a planet (usually Venus) seen just before sunrise in the eastern sky [syn: morning star, Phosphorus]

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English

Etymology

From day + star.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) /ˈdeɪstɑː/
  • (US) /ˈdeɪstɑɻ/

Noun

  1. The morning star; the planet Venus.
    • 1809, Joel Barlow, The Columbiad, book VI, l. 245
      Here dawn'd the daystar of Hesperia's fame, / Here herald glory first emblazed her name;
    • 1865, Common English Version of the Bible, 2 Peter 1:19
      And we have more sure the prophetic word; to which ye do well that ye take heed, as to a lamp shining in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the daystar arise in your hearts;
  2. The Sun.
    I only go outdoors at night, away from the daystars burning glare.

Usage notes

The word used in the Bible (2 Peter) is the Ancient Greek ‘phosphoros’, the ancient name for the planet Venus. Literally, "light-bringer". It is interpreted by some Christians as allegory for Jesus Christ; see for example Daystar University.

Extensive Definition

The word Daystar can mean:

See also

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Aldebaran, Canicula, Dog Star, Hesper, Hesperus, Lucifer, North Star, Phosphor, Phosphorus, Polaris, Sirius, Sol, Venus, Vesper, celestial body, chromosphere, comet, corona, evening star, fixed stars, heavenly body, living sapphires, lodestar, morning star, orb, orb of day, phoebus, photosphere, polar star, polestar, solar flare, solar prominence, solar wind, sphere, starry host, stars, sun
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