cynosure

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Etymology[edit]

From French cynosure (Ursa Minor; Polaris), from Latin Cynosūra (Ursa Minor), from Ancient Greek Κυνόσουρα (Kunosoura, Ursa Minor), literally “dog’s tail’, from κυνός (kunos, dog's) + οὐρά (oura, tail).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈsʌɪnəʊsjə/
    Hyphenation: cy‧no‧sure
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Noun[edit]

cynosure (plural cynosures)

  1. (usually capitalized) Ursa Minor or Polaris, the North Star, used as a guide by navigators.
  2. (figuratively) That which serves to guide or direct; a guiding star.
    let faith be your cynosure to walk by
  3. Something that is the center of attention; an object that serves as a focal point of attraction and admiration.
    • 1852, Alice Cary, Clovernook, or Recollections of our Neighborhood in the West:
      The rooms were brilliant with lights and flowers, and gaiety and beauty, and intellect; and the lately shrinking country girl was the cynosure of all eyes---the most envied, the most dreaded, the most admired, the most loved.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 306:
      With anglophobia driving out anglophilia, the king – as during the Seven Years War – came to represent the very cynosure of patriotic zeal.

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