luminary

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From Old French luminarie (lamp, lights, lighting; candles; brightness, illumination) (French luminaire), from Late Latin luminaria, from luminare, from lumen.

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luminary (plural luminaries)

  1. One who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field; a leading light.
    • Edmund Stevens
      a huge gathering of international luminaries
  2. An artificial light; an illumination.
  3. A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.

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