- a person who enlightens or influences others
- a famous person
- literary something, such as the sun or moon, that gives off light
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lu•mi•nar•y /ˈluməˌnɛri/USA pronunciation n.[countable], pl. -ar•ies.WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- Astronomya luminous heavenly body, as the sun.
- a person who has gained fame and importance.
lu•mi•nar•y (lo̅o̅′mə ner′ē),USA pronunciation n., pl. -nar•ies, adj.
- Astronomya celestial body, as the sun or moon.
- a body, object, etc., that gives light.
- 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.
- of, pertaining to, or characterized by light.
- Medieval Latin lūmināria lamp. See luminaria
- late Middle English luminarye 1400–50
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luminary /ˈluːmɪnərɪ/ n ( pl -naries)
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