or load·star

[ lohd-stahr ]
/ ˈloʊdˌstɑr /


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



/ (ˈləʊdˌstɑː) /


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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Science definitions for lodestar


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