Friday, March 30, 2001
Definitions for luminary
- Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
- A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.
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Citations for luminary
There's something comforting in those occasional lapses when a luminary lurches and trips over the humble stone his powerful torch somehow failed to reveal.
. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines.
Origin of luminary
late Middle English
Luminary derives from Latin luminare, "a window," from lumin-, lumen, "light."