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Late Latin starrum, from Hebrew [script needed] (šĕṭār).


starr (plural starrs or starra)

  1. (historical) A receipt given by Jews on payment of debt.
    • 1846, Moses Margoliouth, The Jews in Great Britain:
      It is well known that, before the banishment of the Jews under Edward I., their contracts and obligations were denominated in our ancient records starra, or starrs, from a corruption of the Hebrew word shetar, a covenant.
    • 1893, Joseph Jacobs, The Jews of Angevin England[1]:
      In the Treasury nil, and bv quittance which the said Gervase and Hugo his son have of the said debt by a Starr which the said Hugo produced at the Treasury before the Barons £90.
    • 1932, The Publications of the Selden Society, volume 49, page 1:
      Huntingdonshirr. son of master Moss the Jew, by his charter, he came before the justices, etc., and proffered certain starrs of acquittance of the said debt which the aforesaid Jacob had made to the aforesaid Nicholas his father, as he says, at the time when the same Jacob had the free administration of his goods.
    • 2013, Sarah Rees Jones, Christians and Jews in Angevin England:
      Later in the same year 'when Burnell had retired from court' he personally acknowledged twenty-two Jewish starra whilst he was staying at Beaulieu.



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From Middle High German star, from Old High German [Term?], from Proto-Germanic *staraz.


  • IPA(key): /ʃtaʁ/ (standard)
  • IPA(key): /ʃtaː/ (common; especially northern and central Germany)
  • (file)
  • Homophone: Star (nonstandard)


starr (comparative starrer, superlative am starrsten)

  1. rigid


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