lodestar

or load·star

[ lohd-stahr ]
/ ˈloʊdˌstɑr /

noun

a star that shows the way.
something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.

Origin of lodestar

First recorded in 1325–75, lodestar is from the Middle English word loode sterre. See lode, star
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British Dictionary definitions for lodestar

lodestar

loadstar

/ (ˈləʊdˌstɑː) /

noun

a star, esp the North Star, used in navigation or astronomy as a point of reference
something that serves as a guide or model

Word Origin for lodestar

C14: literally, guiding star. See lode
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Word Origin and History for lodestar

lodestar


n.

late 14c. (late 13c. as a surname), an old name for the pole star (cf. Old Norse leiðarstjarna) as the star that "leads the way" in navigation; from lode (n.) + star (n.). Figurative use from late 14c.

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Science definitions for lodestar

lodestar


A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
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