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noun, plural lu·mi·nos·i·ties.
  1. luminance(def 2).
  2. the quality of being intellectually brilliant, enlightened, inspired, etc.: The luminosity of his poetry is unequaled.
  3. something luminous.
  4. Astronomy. the brightness of a star in comparison with that of the sun: the luminosity of Sirius expressed as 23 indicates an intrinsic brightness 23 times as great as that of the sun.
  5. Also called luminosity factor. Optics. luminous flux
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Origin of luminosity

1625–35; < Latin lūminōs(us) luminous + -ity
Related formsnon·lu·mi·nos·i·ty, nounself-lu·mi·nos·i·ty, noun
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  • It is the radiations of light which they throw off; it is their luminosity—their transparency.

  • There was luminosity where the ships had encountered each other.

    The Aliens

    Murray Leinster

  • Value or luminosity of colors ranges between these two extremes.

    A Color Notation

    Albert H. Munsell

  • But this luminosity is not entirely confined to the minute creatures of the sea.

  • He nodded toward the circular area of luminosity on the sea.

    Creatures of the Abyss

    Murray Leinster

British Dictionary definitions for luminosity


noun plural -ties
  1. the condition of being luminous
  2. something that is luminous
  3. astronomy a measure of the radiant power emitted by a star
  4. physics the attribute of an object or colour enabling the extent to which an object emits light to be observedFormer name: brightness See also colour
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Word Origin and History for luminosity


1630s, "quality of being luminous," from French luminosité or else a native formation from luminous + -ity. In astronomy, "intrinsic brightness of a heavenly body" (as distinguished from apparent magnitude, which diminishes with distance), attested from 1906.

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