luminary

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈluːmɪnərɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/ˈluməˌnɛri/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(lo̅o̅mə ner′ē)

Inflections of 'luminary' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.): nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors.": luminaries

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
lu•mi•nar•y /ˈluməˌnɛri/USA pronunciation   n.[countable]pl.  -ar•ies. 
  1. Astronomya luminous heavenly body, as the sun.
  2. a person who has gained fame and importance.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
lu•mi•nar•y  (lo̅o̅mə ner′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl.  -nar•ies, adj. 
n. 
  1. Astronomya celestial body, as the sun or moon.
  2. a body, object, etc., that gives light.
  3. a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others:one of the luminaries in the field of medical science.

adj. 
  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by light.
  • Medieval Latin lūmināria lamp. See luminaria
  • late Middle English luminarye 1400–50

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
luminary /ˈluːmɪnərɪ/ n ( pl -naries)
  1. a person who enlightens or influences others
  2. a famous person
  3. literary something, such as the sun or moon, that gives off light
Etymology: 15th Century: via Old French, from Latin lūmināre lamp, from lūmen light
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