Stannary Courts to Steeplechase
Stannary Courts Courts of record in Cornwall and Devon for the administration of justice among the tinners. (Latin, stannum, tin.)
Star (A), in theatrical language, means a popular actor.
Star (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 star of Richelieu was still in the ascendant.- St. Simon.
Star Chamber A court of civil and criminal jurisdiction at Westminster, abolished in the reign of Charles
I. So called because the ceiling or roof was decorated with gilt stars. Its jurisdiction was to punish such
offences as the law had made no provision for.
It is well known that, before the banishment of the Jews by Edward I., their contracts and obligations were denominated ... starra, or stars. ... The room in the exchequer where the chests ... were kept was ... the starr-chamber.- Blackstone: Commentaries, vol. ii. book iv. p. 266, a note.
Star-crossed Not favoured by the stars; unfortunate.
Star of Bethlehem (The), botanically called ornithogalum. The French peasants call it La dame d'onze heures, because it opens at eleven o'clock. Called star because the flower is star-shaped; and Bethlehem because it is one of the most common wild flowers of Bethlehem and the Holy Land generally.
Star of the South A splendid diamond found in Brazil in 1853.
Stars and Garters! (My). An expletive, or mild kind of oath. The stars and garters of knighthood. Shakespeare makes Richard III. swear By my George, my garter, and my crown ! (Richard III., iv. 4.)
Stars and Stripes (The) or the Star-spangled Banner, the flag of the United States of North America.
Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave
Starboard and Larboard Star- is the Anglo-Saxon steor, rudder, bord, side; meaning the right side of
a ship (looking forwards). Larboard is now obsolete, and port is used instead. To port the helm is to
put the helm to the larboard. Byron, in his shipwreck (Don Juan), says of the ship-
She gave a heel [i.e. turned on one side], and then a lurch to port,
Starch Mrs. Anne Turner, half-milliner, half-procuress, introduced into England the French custom of using yellow starch in getting up bands and cuffs. She trafficked in poison, and being concerned in the
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