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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 ?
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.
But, in order that the moon should reach the zenith of a given place, it is necessary that the place should not exceed in latitude the declination of the luminary; in other words, it must be comprised within the degrees 0@ and 28@ of lat.
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.
Pickwick; and after a short conversation conducted in whispers, walked softly down a little dark passage, and disappeared into the legal luminary's sanctum, whence he shortly returned on tiptoe, and informed Mr.
"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.
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.
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.
When ye came upon me I was in contemplation of the elevated road in conjunction with the chief luminary of night.
I kept it between us, whilst I wrote, making it serve the double purpose of luminary and shield.
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. But at each step as they descended, Elizabeth observed that they were leaving the day behind them.
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.