North Star

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From Middle English north sterre, norþ sterre, equivalent to north +‎ star.

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North Star

  1. (astronomy) The current northern pole star, the star nearest the northern celestial pole, which has been Polaris for the last 1500 years.
  2. A village in New South Wales, Australia.
  3. A hamlet in the County of Northern Lights, Alberta, Canada.
  4. An unincorporated community in Yuba County, California, formerly North Star House.
  5. A census-designated place in New Castle County, Delaware.
  6. An unincorporated community in Nicollet County, Minnesota.
  7. A village in Darke County, Ohio.
  8. An unincorporated community in Portage County, Wisconsin.
  9. A number of townships in the United States, listed under North Star Township.
  10. A settlement on the island of Saint Croix, United States Virgin Islands.



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North Star (plural North Stars)

  1. (figurative) An aim or a goal, a dependable guiding light in a quickly changing world.
    • 2012, Darrin Grinder, Steve Shaw, The Presidents & Their Faith:
      For Wilson, his religion served as guiding principle, not a series of explicit religious dictates governing politics: “Wilson's principles, derived from his religious faith, were his North Star, which pointed him in a general direction.
    • 2018, Frank M. Guttman, Honoré Beaugrand: a Traditional “Rouge”?:
      His North Star was Rome, his compass was the Holy Office, “My polar star is Rome; my compass is the Holy Office.”
    • 2019, Karen A. McClintock, When Trauma Wounds: Pathways to Healing and Hope, page 155:
      Believing that he would return to life when he was ready, she became his North Star.
    • 2021, Ashley Stahl, You Turn, page 272:
      The wise voice in my head agreed with her and told me something I'd never forget: Stop going against yourself. Be you. All the way. And watch life work for you. This voice, my intuition, has become my North Star in life.

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