lodestar

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From lode ‎(journey, course) +‎ star, where lode is an archaic noun from the verb lithe ‎(to go, journey), related to lead. Cognate with Old Norse leiðarstjarna, German Leitstern, Swedish ledstjärna. English from the 14th century as loode sterre, lood-sterre, lade-sterne, 15th century lode sterre, 16th century lode starre.

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lodestar ‎(plural lodestars)

  1. A star used as a navigation reference, particularly a pole star such as Polaris.
  2. A guiding tenet or principle.
  3. (law) A calculated amount to award as attorney's fees derived by multiplying the reasonable number of hours spent working on a case by the reasonable hourly billing rate.

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