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Meaning of luminary

lu•mi•nar•y

Pronunciation: (l'mu-ner"ē), [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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