From Late Middle English lūminārī, lūminārīe (“lamp; source of spiritual light, example of holiness; glory”), from Old French luminarie (“lamp, lights, lighting; candles; brightness, illumination”), variant of luminaire (“light fixture”) (modern French luminaire), from Medieval Latin lūminārium, from lūmināre (“that which gives light; light; lamp; body giving light, especially a heavenly body”), from lūmen (“light; brightness”) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (“bright; to shine”)) + -āris (“suffix forming adjectives indicating a relationship or a pertaining to”).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈluːmɪn(ə)ɹi/
- (General American) IPA(key): /ˈluməˌnɛɹi/
- Hyphenation: lu‧min‧a‧ry
luminary (plural luminaries)
- 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: Legendary Magazine Editor Helped Spark the Sexual Revolution”, in Rolling Stone, archived from the original on 15 March 2018:
- The iconic "Playboy Interview" feature launched in 1962 with future Roots author Alex Haley interviewing Miles Davis ([Hugh] 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."
- (archaic) A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.
- (archaic) An artificial light; an illumination.
- (one who is an inspiration to others): guiding light