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Meaning of battle star

bat'tle star"

Pronunciation: [key]
— U.S. Mil. U.S. Mil.
  1. a small bronze star worn on a campaign ribbon by members of organizations taking part in certain battles or other wartime operations.
  2. a small silver star similarly worn, equivalent to five bronze battle stars.
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