noun, plural lu·mi·nar·ies.
Origin of luminary
Examples from the Web for luminary
There was indeed a luminary in the house, a star of the first magnitude.Miser Farebrother, Volume I (of 3)|Benjamin Leopold Farjeon
That part of any object which is nearest to the luminary from which it receives the light, will be the lightest.A Treatise on Painting|Leonardo Da Vinci
Jupiter was worshipped as the sun, by the name of Anxur or Axur, and Brama is identified with that luminary.Ten Thousand Wonderful Things|Edmund Fillingham King
Whether or not that luminary left his couch when he should, Tom had no means of finding out, for it was still heavily raining.Camp Venture|George Cary Eggleston
Tony found a boat and we were soon on board the Luminary, where we found the report about her sailing at daylight was true.Diary of an Enlisted Man|Lawrence Van Alstyne
British Dictionary definitions for luminary
noun plural -naries
Word Origin for luminary
Word Origin and History for luminary
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."