cynosure

[ sahy-nuh-shoor, sin-uh- ]
/ ˈsaɪ nəˌʃʊər, ˈsɪn ə- /

noun

something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc.: the cynosure of all eyes.
something serving for guidance or direction: Gandhi's life remains a cynosure for all of us.

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Origin of cynosure

First recorded in 1590–1600; from Latin Cynosūra, from Greek Kynósoura the constellation Ursa Minor (Little Dipper), equivalent to kynós “dog's” (genitive of kýōn ) + ourá “tail”; see origin at hound1, ass2

OTHER WORDS FROM cynosure

cy·no·sur·al, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cynosure

cynosure , sinecure
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British Dictionary definitions for cynosure

cynosure
/ (ˈsɪnəˌzjʊə, -ʃʊə) /

noun

a person or thing that attracts notice, esp because of its brilliance or beauty
something that serves as a guide

Derived forms of cynosure

cynosural, adjective

Word Origin for cynosure

C16: from Latin Cynosūra the constellation of Ursa Minor, from Greek Kunosoura, from cyno- + oura tail
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