Lodestar meaning

lōd'stär'
A star, such as Polaris, that is used as a point of navigational reference.
noun
1
0
A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
1
0
A star used as a navigation reference, particularly a pole star such as Polaris.
noun
1
0
A principle, interest, or person that serves as a guide.
noun
0
0
A star by which one directs one's course; esp., the North Star.
noun
0
0
Advertisement
A guiding principle or ideal.
noun
0
0
A guiding tenet or principle.
noun
0
0

Origin of lodestar

  • Middle English lodesterre lode way lode sterre star star
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • From lode (“journey, course") +"Ž star, where lode is an archaic noun from the verb lithe (“to go, journey"), related to lead. Cognate with Old Norse leiðarstjarna, German Leitstern, Swedish ledstjärna. English from the 14th century as loode sterre, lood-sterre, lade-sterne, 15th century lode sterre, 16th century lode starre.
    From Wiktionary