noun, plural lu·mi·nar·ies.
Origin of luminary
Examples from the Web for luminaries
At 28, Eleanor Catton became the youngest ever winner of the Booker Prize with her swirling, mesmerizing epic The Luminaries.
From American presidents to movie stars and journalists, luminaries around the world honor the father of modern South Africa.Bill Clinton: ‘I Will Never Forget My Friend Madiba’|Sam Schlinkert|December 5, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The smartest of the overwhelmingly male and European luminaries they ranked was John Stuart Mill, with an estimated IQ of 190.
But gradually Frost was able to lure for interviews senior politicians and luminaries from all sides of public life.
Signed by 74 luminaries of widely diverse political points of view, it called for a "new conversation about marriage."
Dr. Salmoni was considered a great man, one of the luminaries in Berlin's intellectual life.The Song of Songs|Hermann Sudermann
With these burning coals the Persians came to light the luminaries of their Temples when they came to be extinguished.A Discovrse of Fire and Salt (A Discourse of Fire and Salt)|Blaise de Vigenre
The sight of these brilliant orbs no doubt made him think of other luminaries.The History of Henry Esmond, Esq.|W. M. Thackeray
And, O sinless one, O mighty monarch, the other luminaries also go round this king of mountains in the self-same way.The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2|Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
In literary creation these young men conceive that they are luminaries, not specks—ornaments, not blemishes!Bubbles from the Brunnens of Nassau|Francis Bond Head
British Dictionary definitions for luminaries
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for luminary
Word Origin and History for luminaries
mid-15c., "lamp, source of (artificial) light," from Old French luminarie (12c.), "lamp, lights, lighting; candles; brightness, illumination," from Late Latin luminare "light, torch, lamp, heavenly body," literally "that which gives light," from Latin lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "notable person" is first recorded 1690s, though the Middle English word also had a figurative sense of "source of spiritual light, example of holiness."