as·ter·isk / ˈastəˌrisk/ • n. a symbol (*) used to mark printed or written text, typically as a reference to an annotation or to stand for omitted matter. ∎ a thing resembling a star in shape: soft asterisks of pollen. • v. [tr.] [usu. as adj.] (asterisked) mark (printed or written text) with an asterisk: asterisked entries.