- An example of a luminary is a candle.
- An example of a luminary is the Dalai Lama.
The definition of a luminary is an object giving off light, or a personality that is well known or enlightening to mankind.
- a body that gives off light, such as the sun or moon
- a person who sheds light on some subject or enlightens mankind; famous intellectual
- any famous or well-known person
Origin of luminaryOld French luminarie ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin luminarium ; from Classical Latin luminare: see illuminate
- 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.
- A person who inspires others or achieves eminence in a field. See Synonyms at celebrity.
Origin of luminaryMiddle English, from Old French luminarie, from Latin lūmināre, to shine, from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
- One that is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in his chosen field; a leading light.
- played host to a huge gathering of international luminaries -- Edmund Stevens
- An artificial light; an illumination.
- A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.