Luminary



[loo-muh-ner-ee] /ˈlu məˌnɛr i/

noun, plural luminaries.
1.
a celestial body, as the sun or moon.
2.
a body, object, etc., that gives light.
3.
a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others:
one of the luminaries in the field of medical science.
adjective
4.
of, relating to, or characterized by light.
/ˈluːmɪnərɪ/
noun (pl) -naries
1.
a person who enlightens or influences others
2.
a famous person
3.
(literary) something, such as the sun or moon, that gives off light
adjective
4.
of, involving, or characterized by light or enlightenment
n.

mid-15c., “lamp, source of (artificial) light,” from Old French luminarie (12c.), “lamp, lights, lighting; candles; brightness, illumination,” from Late Latin luminare “light, torch, lamp, heavenly body,” literally “that which gives light,” from Latin lumen (genitive luminis) “light,” related to lucere “to shine” (see light (n.)). Sense of “notable person” is first recorded 1690s, though the Middle English word also had a figurative sense of “source of spiritual light, example of holiness.”

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