V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary



Definition: 1. an important or famous individual; 2. something that emits light such as a sun, moon, or star

Synonyms: star, celebrity, notable, illuminant, light


Tips: Like the related words lucent, lucid, luminous, illuminate, and luminescent, luminary comes ultimately from the Latin word lumos, or "light." The synonym "star" captures the idea of someone famous being "lit up" or "in the limelight." The word luminary is also an adjective, referring to anything characterized by light or radiance.

Usage Examples:

Einstein was a luminary in the field of physics. (star, notable)

The moon served as our luminary during our nighttime hike. (light, illuminant)

The Los Angeles spa attracts luminaries and affluent Hollywood residents. (stars, celebrities)

The silver color of her dress had a luminary quality and shone brightly in the spotlight. (luminous, light-emitting, bright, radiant) adjective

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