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Meaning of LUMINARY

Pronunciation:  'loomu`neree

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a celebrity who is an inspiration to others; "he was host to a large gathering of luminaries"

LUMINARY is a 8 letter word that starts with L.


 Synonyms: guiding light, leading light, notability, notable
 See Also: celebrity, famous person



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Lu"mi*na*ry\, n.; pl. {Luminaries}, [F. luminaire, L.
luminare a light or lamp, which was lighted in the churches,
a luminary, fr. lumen, luminis, light, fr. lucere to be
light, to shine, lux, lucis, light. See {Light}.]
1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly
   bodies. `` Radiant luminary.'' --Skelton.

         Where the great luminary . . . Dispenses light from
         far.                                  --Milton.

2. One who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind;
   as, Newton was a distinguished luminary.

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