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luminary: Meaning and Definition of

lu•mi•nar•y

Pronunciation: (l'mu-ner"?), [key]
? n., pl. adj. -nar•ies,
?n.
  1. a celestial body, as the sun or moon.
  2. a body, object, etc., that gives light.
  3. a person who has attained eminence in his or her field or is an inspiration to others: one of the luminaries in the field of medical science.
?adj.
  1. of, pertaining to, or characterized by light.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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