leading light

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leading light

n
1. an important or outstanding person, esp in an organization or cause
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical a less common term for range light

lead′ing light′

(ˈli dɪŋ)
n.
an important or influential person.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.leading light - a celebrity who is an inspiration to othersleading light - a celebrity who is an inspiration to others; "he was host to a large gathering of luminaries"
celebrity, famous person - a widely known person; "he was a baseball celebrity"
Translations

leading light

n (person) → personaggio di primo piano
References in classic literature ?
They were the leading lights to the Berande anchorage, and every night in the year they were so inspected and hung out.
the pioneer of Adaptive Resource Networking products, today announced that the company has won Light Reading's Leading Lights Award for Best New Product from a Private Company.
a leading supplier of Carrier Ethernet systems, has been named a finalist in the "Top IPO or M&A Candidate" category of the new annual Leading Lights industry awards program being conducted by Light Reading (www.