from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
- n. A guiding principle, interest, or ambition.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A star used as a navigation reference, particularly a pole star such as Polaris.
- n. A guiding tenet or principle.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as loadstar.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A star that leads or serves to guide; especially, the pole-star: often used figuratively.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. guiding star; a star that is used as a reference point in navigation or astronomy
- n. something that serves as a model or guide
Middle English lodesterre : lode, way; see lode + sterre, star; see star.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From lode (“journey, course”) + star, where lode is an archaic noun from the verb 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. (Wiktionary)