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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.]
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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]
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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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|Noun||1.||luminary - a celebrity who is an inspiration to others; "he was host to a large gathering of luminaries"|
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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[ˈluːmɪnərɪ] N → lumbrera f
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luminary[ˈluːmɪnərɪ] n (liter) → luminare m/f
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