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.
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Related Words for lodestarpattern
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.
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?
And find what lodestar there draws Chartrien From constancy?
You hold me as the lodestar holds the iron: I cannot but cling to you.
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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
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.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
The American Heritage® Science Dictionary
Copyright © 2011. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.