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


luminary (plural luminaries)

  1. One who is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in their chosen field; a leading light.
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, "Hugh Hefner, 'Playboy' Founder, Dead at 91," Rolling Stone
      The iconic "Playboy Interview" feature launched in 1962 with future Roots author Alex Haley interviewing Miles Davis (Hefner was a huge jazz aficionado and later founded the Playboy Jazz Festival) and would eventually feature many luminaries, setting the stage for the ongoing joke, "We really read Playboy for the articles."
  2. An artificial light; an illumination.
  3. A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.


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