Luminary meaning

lo͝omə-nĕrē
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A person who inspires others or achieves eminence in a field.
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A body that shines, such as the sun or moon.
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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.

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A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.
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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.

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An artificial light; an illumination.
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Origin of luminary

  • Middle English from Old French luminarie from Latin lūmināre to shine from lūmen lūmin- light leuk- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Late Latin luminaria, from luminare, from lumen.

    From Wiktionary