ETYM Latin asteriscus, Greek, dim. of aster star. Related to Aster.
A star-shaped character * used in printing; SYN. star.
'*' Starlike punctuation mark (*) used to link the asterisked word with a note at the bottom of a page, and in place of certain letters in a word (usually a taboo word).
To place an asterisk by; to mark by an asterisk.