Lode Star

lodestar

[lohd-stahr]
noun
1.
a star that shows the way.
3.
something that serves as a guide or on which the attention is fixed.
Also, loadstar.


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English loode sterre. See lode, star

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lodestar or loadstar (ˈləʊdˌstɑː)
 
n
1.  a star, esp the North Star, used in navigation or astronomy as a point of reference
2.  something that serves as a guide or model
 
[C14: literally, guiding star. See lode]
 
loadstar or loadstar
 
n
 
[C14: literally, guiding star. See lode]

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lodestar
late 14c., an old name for the pole star (cf. O.N. leiðarstjarna) as the star that "leads the way" in navigation; from lode + star.
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lodestar also loadstar   (lōd'stär')  Pronunciation Key 
A star, especially Polaris, that is used as a point of reference.
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