luminary


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lu·mi·nar·y

 (lo͞o′mə-nĕr′ē)
n. pl. lu·mi·nar·ies
1.
a. An object, such as a celestial body, that gives light.
b. In astrology, one of the brightest celestial objects, such as the sun, moon, or bright planets.
2. A person who inspires others or achieves eminence in a field. See Synonyms at celebrity.

[Middle English, from Old French luminarie, from Latin lūmināre, to shine, from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.]

lu′mi·nar′y adj.

luminary

(ˈluːmɪnərɪ)
n, pl -naries
1. a person who enlightens or influences others
2. a famous person
3. literary something, such as the sun or moon, that gives off light
adj
of, involving, or characterized by light or enlightenment
[C15: via Old French, from Latin lūmināre lamp, from lūmen light]

lu•mi•nar•y

(ˈlu məˌnɛr i)

n., pl. -nar•ies,
adj. n.
1. a celestial body, as the sun or moon.
2. a body, object, etc., that gives light.
3. a person who has attained eminence in a field or is an inspiration to others.
adj.
4. of, pertaining to, or characterized by light.
[1400–50; late Middle English luminarye < Medieval Latin lūmināria lamp. See luminaria]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.luminary - a celebrity who is an inspiration to othersluminary - 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"

luminary

noun celebrity, star, expert, somebody, lion, worthy, notable, big name, dignitary, leading light, celeb (informal), personage, megastar (informal), fundi (S. African), V.I.P. the political opinions of such luminaries as Sartre and de Beauvoir

luminary

noun
A famous person:
Informal: big name.
Translations

luminary

[ˈluːmɪnərɪ] Nlumbrera f

luminary

n
(form)Himmelskörper m, → Gestirn nt
(fig)Koryphäe f, → Leuchte f (inf)

luminary

[ˈluːmɪnərɪ] n (liter) → luminare m/f
References in classic literature ?
Friend," replied the low voice of Chingachgook; who, pointing upward at the luminary which was shedding its mild light through the opening in the trees, directly in their bivouac, immediately added, in his rude English: "Moon comes and white man's fort far--far off; time to move, when sleep shuts both eyes of the Frenchman
The glimmer of this luminary suggested the above conceits to Mr.
A few rays of light, a wan, sinister light, that seemed to have been stolen from an expiring luminary, fell through some opening or other upon an old tower that raised its pasteboard battlements on the stage; everything, in this deceptive light, adopted a fantastic shape.
Pardon me, my Lord, a moment's inspection will convince your Lordship that I have a perfect luminary at the juncture of two of my sides.
It was indeed Musqueton -- Musqueton, as fat as a pig, rolling about with rude health, puffed out with good living, who, recognizing D'Artagnan and acting very differently from the hypocrite Bazin, slipped off his horse and approached the officer with his hat off, so that the homage of the assembled crowd was turned toward this new sun, which eclipsed the former luminary.
The outline of each dark pine was delineated far in the depths of the forest, and the rocks, too smooth and too perpendicular to retain the snow that had fallen, brightened, as if smiling at the leave-taking of the luminary.
Another took this luminary with the moon and the planets, and having first weighed them with scrupulous accuracy, probed into their depths and found out the solidity of the substance of which they were made.
I almost let my luminary drop and certainly I stepped back, straightening myself up at what I saw.
With habit and repetition he gained to an extraordinary degree the power to penetrate the dusk of distances and the darkness of corners, to resolve back into their innocence the treacheries of uncertain light, the evil-looking forms taken in the gloom by mere shadows, by accidents of the air, by shifting effects of perspective; putting down his dim luminary he could still wander on without it, pass into other rooms and, only knowing it was there behind him in case of need, see his way about, visually project for his purpose a comparative clearness.
The luminary was a golden-haired, beaming, mild-eyed, God-like creature, gazing down in the vigour and intentness of youth upon an earth that was brimming with interest for him.
He would sit for any length of time, with the utmost enjoyment, bathing his temples in the light of any order of luminary.
There were a few tallow dips lighted on the tables; but the real luminary of this tavern, that which played the part in this dram-shop of the chandelier of an opera house, was the fire.