- The definition of a luminary is an object giving off light, or a personality that is well known or enlightening to mankind.
- An example of a luminary is a candle.
- An example of a luminary is the Dalai Lama.
luminary definition by Webster's New World
- 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: Old French luminarie ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin luminarium ; from Classical Latin luminare: see illuminate
luminary definition by American Heritage Dictionary
noun pl. lu·mi·nar·ies
- An object, such as a celestial body, that gives light.
- A person who is an inspiration to others.
- A person who has achieved eminence in a specific field. See Synonyms at celebrity.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French luminarie, from Latin lūmināre, to shine, from lūmen, lūmin-, light; see leuk- in Indo-European roots.
- luˈmi·narˌy adjective