What does luminary mean?

Definitions for luminaryˈlu məˌnɛr i

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. luminary, leading light, guiding light, notable, notability(noun)

    a celebrity who is an inspiration to others

    "he was host to a large gathering of luminaries"


  1. luminary(Noun)

    One that is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in his chosen field; a leading light.

  2. luminary(Noun)

    An artificial light; an illumination.

  3. luminary(Noun)

    A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.

  4. Origin: From luminaria, from luminare, from lumen.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Luminary(noun)

    any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies

  2. Luminary(noun)

    one who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind; as, Newton was a distinguished luminary

  3. Origin: [F. luminaire, L. luminare a light or lamp, which was lighted in the churches, a luminary, fr. lumen, luminis, light, fr. lucere to be light, to shine, lux, lucis, light. See Light.]


  1. Luminary

    The luminaries were what traditional astrologers called the two astrological "planets" which were the brightest and most important objects in the heavens, that is, the Sun and the Moon.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Luminary

    lū′min-ar-i, n. any body which gives light, esp. one of the heavenly bodies: one who illustrates any subject or instructs mankind.—adj. Lū′minant, emitting light.—n. an illuminating agent.—n. Luminā′tion, a lighting up.—v.t. Lū′mine (Spens.), to illumine.—adjs. Luminif′erous, transmitting light; Lū′minous, giving light: shining: illuminated: clear: lucid.—adv. Lū′minously.—ns. Lū′minousness, Luminos′ity.—Luminous paint, a phosphorescent powder, such as sulphide or oxysulphide of calcium, ground up with a colourless varnish or other medium, and used as a paint. [L. lumen, luminis, light—lucēre, to shine.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of luminary in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of luminary in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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