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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.
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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]
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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]
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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"
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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
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luminary

noun
A famous person:
Informal: big name.
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Translations

luminary

[ˈluːmɪnərɪ] Nlumbrera f
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luminary

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

[ˈluːmɪnərɪ] n (liter) → luminare m/f
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References in classic literature ?
For five, perhaps ten minutes, the two luminaries confronted each other across the level land, resting on opposite edges of the world.
They are well enough acquainted with the motions of those two luminaries, and understand the nature of eclipses; and this is the utmost progress of their astronomy.
Now, these two luminaries are objects of veneration to the African tribes, and they determined to oppose so sacrilegious an enterprise.
"Eclipse it is called, friend, not cris, the darkening of those two luminaries," said Don Quixote; but Pedro, not troubling himself with trifles, went on with his story, saying, "Also he foretold when the year was going to be one of abundance or estility."
Hurd, the great charity organizer; Philip Ward, the equally great philanthropist; and several lesser luminaries in the field of morality and charity.
Partridge making no ready answer to his question, he proceeded to comment on the beauty of the moon, and repeated some passages from Milton, who hath certainly excelled all other poets in his description of the heavenly luminaries. He then told Partridge the story from the Spectator, of two lovers who had agreed to entertain themselves when they were at a great distance from each other, by repairing, at a certain fixed hour, to look at the moon; thus pleasing themselves with the thought that they were both employed in contemplating the same object at the same time.
First in his East the glorious Lamp was seen, Regent of Day, and all th' Horizon round Invested with bright Rayes, jocond to run His Longitude through Heav'ns high rode: the gray Dawn, and the PLEIADES before him danc'd Shedding sweet influence: less bright the Moon, But opposite in leveld West was set His mirror, with full face borrowing her Light From him, for other light she needed none In that aspect, and still that distance keepes Till night, then in the East her turn she shines, Revolvd on Heav'ns great Axle, and her Reign With thousand lesser Lights dividual holds, With thousand thousand Starres, that then appeer'd Spangling the Hemisphere: then first adornd With thir bright Luminaries that Set and Rose, Glad Eevning & glad Morn crownd the fourth day.
Yet not to Earth are those bright Luminaries Officious, but to thee Earths habitant.
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Local Area Health Education Centers and independent Nightingale Committees in 10 regions of the state designate up to 60 nurses as Luminaries. A state selection committee selects up to 12 of the Luminaries as recipients of the Colorado Nightingale Award, Colorado nursing's highest honor.
Robust wall mounted LED luminaries are a favourite choice for outdoor lighting as these have a discreet shape and can illuminate a whole house.