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n. pl. lu·mi·nar·ies
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.]
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
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,
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]
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