Lu"mi*na*ry (?), n.; pl. Luminaries (#), [F. luminaire, L. luminare a light or lamp, which was lighted in the churches, a luminary, fr. lumen, luminis, light, fr. lucere to be light, to shine, lux, lucis, light. See Light.]

1.

Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.

" Radiant luminary."

Skelton.

Where the great luminary . . . Dispenses light from far. Milton.

2.

One who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind; as, Newton was a distinguished luminary.

 

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