cynosure(redirected from cynosures)
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1. An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration.
2. Something that serves to guide.
[French, Ursa Minor (which contains the guiding star Polaris), from Latin cynosūra, from Greek kunosoura, dog's tail, Ursa Minor : kunos, genitive of kuōn, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.]
1. a person or thing that attracts notice, esp because of its brilliance or beauty
2. something that serves as a guide
[C16: from Latin Cynosūra the constellation of Ursa Minor, from Greek Kunosoura, from cyno- + oura tail]
cy•no•sure(ˈsaɪ nəˌʃʊər, ˈsɪn ə-)
1. someone or something that strongly attracts attention, interest, or admiration: the cynosure of all eyes.
2. something serving for guidance or direction.
[1590–1600; < Latin Cynosūra < Greek Kynósoura the constellation Ursa Minor =kynós dog's (genitive of kýōn) + ourá tail]
anything that guides or leads; hence, a center of attention.See also: Guides and Guiding
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|Noun||1.||cynosure - something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners); "let faith be your cynosure to walk by"|
|2.||cynosure - something that strongly attracts attention and admiration; "if he was the cynosure of all eyes he didn't notice"|