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Word of the Day
Friday, March 30, 2001

Definitions for luminary

  1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
  2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

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Citations for luminary
There's something comforting in those occasional lapses when a luminary lurches and trips over the humble stone his powerful torch somehow failed to reveal. Brad Leithauser, New York Times
. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines. Daniel Mark Epstein, Nat King Cole
Origin of luminary
late Middle English
Luminary derives from Latin luminare, "a window," from lumin-, lumen, "light."