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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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Examples from the Web for lodestar

Historical Examples of lodestar

  • Since I have known you, you have been the lodestar of my existence, the fountain of my inspiration.

    Happy Days

    Alan Alexander Milne

  • Every man must have a woman as a lodestar; you are to be that to me.

  • What do they say up in the carbonate camp about the Lodestar business?

    The Helpers

    Francis Lynde

  • And find what lodestar there draws Chartrien From constancy?

  • You hold me as the lodestar holds the iron: I cannot but cling to you.

    Dark Lady of the Sonnets

    George Bernard Shaw

British Dictionary definitions for lodestar




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

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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lodestar in Science


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