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Friday, March 30, 2001

Definitions for luminary

  1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
  2. A person of eminence or brilliant achievement.

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Citations for luminary
There's something comforting in those occasional lapses when a luminary lurches and trips over the humble stone his powerful torch somehow failed to reveal. Brad Leithauser, New York Times
. . .such jazz luminaries as Cab Calloway, Duke Ellington, Jimmie Lunceford, Louis Armstrong, and Earl Hines. Daniel Mark Epstein, Nat King Cole
Origin of luminary
late Middle English
1400-1450
Luminary derives from Latin luminare, "a window," from lumin-, lumen, "light."