Meaning of four-star in English:


Pronunciation /ˈfɔːstɑː/


  • 1(especially of accommodation) given four stars in a grading system, typically one in which this denotes the highest standard or the next standard to the highest.

    ‘a four-star hotel’
    • ‘Total Ski has a flight departing Edinburgh on December 12 with accommodation at the four-star Chalet Perelia.’
    • ‘Located in the shadow of Edinburgh Castle and minutes from the old town, this hotel offers excellent four-star accommodation, featuring jacuzzi rooms and a stylish and contemporary appearance throughout.’
    • ‘Situated only eight miles from Manchester's bustling city centre and with superb views over the Pennines, the elegant Norton Grange Hotel at Rochdale offers fine four-star accommodation within landscaped grounds.’
    • ‘If you fancy a trip to London, you could stay at the central four-star Grange White Hall hotel in Bloomsbury from £67.50 per person a night (including breakfast).’
    • ‘The four-star Palace Hotel in Oxford Road, Manchester, is providing Tom's four visitors with free accommodation and meals.’
    • ‘Patients are also offered four-star accommodation at the hospital's Beardmore Hotel.’
    • ‘For €848, per person sharing, fly from Dublin to Leipzig and stay three nights in four-star accommodation in the Dorint Hotel in Halle.’
    • ‘Our tour offers a choice of itineraries for independent travellers who don't want to rough it, including four-star accommodation, private guides, and transfers.’
    • ‘Even those in four-star accommodation still have an impressive array of eateries, from traditional Sardinian seafood to exotic and eclectic buffets.’
    • ‘And the hotel will also have a new £1.5 million on-site leisure club plus access to its four-star accommodation.’
    • ‘The seminar fee also includes two nights in a four-star accommodation, all meals and refreshments and full use of the leisure centre.’
    • ‘From the lucky draw, visitors can win a free trip to Singapore for four days and three nights with accommodation in local four-star hotels.’
    • ‘Their four-star accommodation is a modern, fully fitted four-bedroomed house at Correymore.’
    • ‘Here the tour will visit wineries in Cotes de Nuits, Beaune, Chablis, Beaujolais and Maconnais, staying in four-star accommodation in Beaune.’
    • ‘Alternatively, go to Malcesine in northern Italy, where you can save over €200 per couple in four-star accommodation.’
    • ‘They'll be met at the airport and brought to their four-star accommodation at the Legends resort on the island's north coast at Grand Gaube.’
    • ‘The group has no fixed budget in mind, but would like to stay in four-star accommodation with twin rooms.’
    • ‘In New York, shoppers stay at the Embassy Suites, a four-star accommodation with buffet breakfast included.’
    • ‘Pop over to Prague, in the Czech Republic, and spend three nights with room-only accommodation at the four-star Barcello Praha hotel, in the city centre, from only £199 per person.’
    • ‘Flights direct from Aberdeen, Edinburgh or Glasgow to Austria's capital, as well as bed-and-breakfast accommodation in a four-star hotel, are included.’
    1. 1.1Having or denoting the second-highest military rank, distinguished in the US armed forces by four stars on the uniform.
      ‘four-star admirals’
      • ‘The author argues that the military's four-star regional commanders have usurped the influence and authority of the State Department and local ambassadors.’
      • ‘Even the military aircraft carrying a four-star U.S. general officer and entourage of high-level foreign officers was grounded in a Far East country.’
      • ‘Horacio Rivero, a Puerto Rican, became the Navy's first Hispanic four-star admiral.’
      • ‘And they hit it off right away, as much as a four-star general and a brigadier general hit it off.’
      • ‘Despite being personally confident that the camp was empty, a four-star flag officer remained either silent or chose not to forcefully argue his case.’
      • ‘It is also interesting that when I was a three-star general, I was slated to take a four-star position in NATO.’
      • ‘By doctrine, this gives the U.S. Army South commanding general two four-star generals to serve: the combatant commander of the U.S. Southern Command and the Army Chief of Staff.’
      • ‘Admiral Lopez is one of the two flag officers in the U.S. Navy to achieve the rank of four-star admiral after direct commission from enlisted service.’
      • ‘Once again, this went forward to the Chief of Staff of the Army and, once again, the four-star generals shot it down.’
      • ‘A similar stand was taken by 24 retired four-star Marine and Army generals in an open letter to the President in July 1997.’
      • ‘The period of January 22-23, 1973, marked the high point of stellar visitors, in which the Academy hosted three four-star generals in two days.’
      • ‘A soldier's soldier, he liked to be photographed in a combat jacket festooned with grenades and found his four-star commands frustrating.’
      • ‘His interviews became notorious, often pitting a four-star admiral against a midshipman or junior officer in his twenties.’
      • ‘He also served 35 years in the United States Army, rising to the rank of four-star general and serving as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.’
      • ‘Conversely, an unhappy and vocal Ambassador can generate a visit from a real four-star wanting to know what the problem is.’
      • ‘Eventually, Freeman would retire as a four-star general.’
      • ‘Mr Powell was a soldier for 35 years, rising to the rank of four-star general.’
      • ‘In April 1989 he was further promoted to the rank of four-star general.’
      • ‘A retired four-star general, Clark is more cautious, as most generals are, about how resources are used, because he knows it is costly to create the modern soldier.’
      • ‘Commanded by a four-star general, USSOCOM is a unified combatant command with three service components.’


mass noun
  • Leaded petrol with a grading of four stars, indicating a relatively high octane number.

    • ‘a gallon of four-star’