(A), in theatrical language, means a popular actor.
(in Christian art). St. Bruno bears one on his breast; St.
Dominic, St. Humbert, St. Peter of Alcantare, one over their head, or
on their forehead, etc.
The ensign of knightly rank. A star of some form constitutes part
of the insignia of every order of knight-hood.
His star is in the ascendant.
He is in luck's way; said of a person to whom some good fortune has
fallen and who is very prosperous. According to astrology, those
leading stars which are above the horizon at a person's birth influence
his life and fortune; when those stars are in the ascendant, he is
strong, healthy, and lucky; but when they are depressed below the
horizon, his stars do not shine on him, he is in the shade and subject
“The star of Richelieu was still in the ascendant.” —St. Simon.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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