lodestar

[ lohd-stahr ]
/ ˈloʊdˌstɑr /

noun

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

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Origin of lodestar

First recorded in 1325–75, lodestar is from Middle English 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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Scientific definitions for lodestar

lodestar

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