- something that strongly attracts attention by its brilliance, interest, etc.: the cynosure of all eyes.
- something serving for guidance or direction.
Origin of cynosure
Related Words for cynosureepitome, exemplar, apotheosis, standard, phenomenon, oddity, miracle, curiosity, spectacle, marvel, someone, figure, luminary, personage, hero, star, personality, superstar, heart, place
Examples from the Web for cynosure
Historical Examples of cynosure
He was like one transformed, the cynosure of all initiated in the mysteries of this divinity.The Symposium
He was the cynosure of all eyes then, and observed of all observers.The Making Of A Novelist
David Christie Murray
To use a poetical phrase, Marengo now became the “cynosure of every eye.”The Young Voyageurs
Or, if he swaggered as he walked, the cynosure of all eyes, from the pavilion to the pitch.The Hill
Horace Annesley Vachell
We were soon under the observation of the company, and became the cynosure of a circle.The War Trail
- a person or thing that attracts notice, esp because of its brilliance or beauty
- something that serves as a guide
Word Origin for cynosure
1590s, from Middle French cynosure (16c.), from Latin Cynosura, literally "dog's tail," the constellation (now Ursa Minor) containing the North Star, the focus of navigation, from Greek kynosoura, literally "dog's tail," from kyon (genitive kynos; see canine) + oura "tail."