luminary
noun (plural -naries) Etymology: Middle English luminarye, from Anglo-French & Late Latin; Anglo-French luminaire light, luminary, from Late Latin luminaria, plural of luminare lamp, heavenly body, from Latin, window, from lumin-, lumen light; akin to Latin lucēre to shine — more at light Date: 15th century 1. a person of prominence or brilliant achievement 2. a body that gives light; especially one of the celestial bodies • luminary adjective

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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  • Luminary — Lu mi*na*ry, n.; pl. {Luminaries}, [F. luminaire, L. luminare a light or lamp, which was lighted in the churches, a luminary, fr. lumen, luminis, light, fr. lucere to be light, to shine, lux, lucis, light. See {Light}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Any body …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • luminary — (n.) mid 15c., lamp, source of (artificial) light, from O.Fr. luminarie (12c.), lamp, lights, lighting; candles; brightness, illumination, from L.L. luminare light, torch, lamp, heavenly body, lit. that which gives light, from L. lumen (gen.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • luminary — [n] very important person big name*, celeb*, celebrity, dignitary, eminence, leader, lion*, name, notability, notable, personage, personality, somebody*, star, superstar, VIP*, worthy; concepts 352,423 …   New thesaurus

  • luminary — ► NOUN (pl. luminaries) 1) a person who inspires or influences others. 2) literary a natural light giving body, especially the sun or moon …   English terms dictionary

  • luminary — [lo͞o′mə ner΄ē] n. pl. luminaries [OFr luminarie < LL(Ec) luminarium < L luminare: see ILLUMINATE] 1. a body that gives off light, such as the sun or moon 2. a) a person who sheds light on some subject or enlightens mankind; famous… …   English World dictionary

  • Luminary — (Roget s Thesaurus) >Source of light, self luminous body. < N PARAG:Luminary >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 luminary luminary Sgm: N 1 light light &c. 420 Sgm: N 1 flame flame &c.(fire) 382 GRP: N 2 Sgm: N 2 spark spark …   English dictionary for students

  • Luminary — Origins = The luminaries were what traditional astrologers called the two astrological planets which were the brightest and most important objects in the heavens, that is,* the Sun and * the Moon The Sun and Moon were well established rulers of… …   Wikipedia

  • luminary — UK [ˈluːmɪnərɪ] / US [ˈlumɪˌnerɪ] noun [countable] Word forms luminary : singular luminary plural luminaries formal one of the people most admired in a particular profession …   English dictionary

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