from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An object, such as a celestial body, that gives light.
- n. A person who is an inspiration to others.
- n. A person who has achieved eminence in a specific field. See Synonyms at celebrity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One that is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in his chosen field; a leading light.
- n. An artificial light; an illumination.
- n. A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
- n. One who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light-giver; a body that illuminates or gives out light: applied especially to the sun and moon.
- n. Hence One who is a source of intellectual light; a person who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind: as, the great luminaries of an age; a luminary of literature or science.
- n. An illumination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
Middle English, from Old French luminarie, from Latin lūmināre, to shine, from lūmen, lūmin-, light.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Late Latin luminaria, from luminare, from lumen. (Wiktionary)