Definition of luminary in English:


Line breaks: lu¦mi|nary
Pronunciation: /ˈluːmɪn(ə)ri

noun (plural luminaries)

  • 2 archaic A natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon.
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    • Since the most productive of heat and warmth are Cancer and Leo, they assigned these to the greatest and most powerful heavenly bodies, the luminaries, as houses.
    • There are 10 planets in Astrology, beginning with the Sun and the Moon, which are also known as luminaries.
    • The Moon's orb of around 12 degrees is also that which separates the luminaries when the new crescent Moon reappears after conjunction.
  • 2.1An artificial light.
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    • We offer an exciting range of lighting and luminaries that have the ability to accentuate, to harmonize, to enhance, and to convey a mood.
    • Designed to simulate conditions just about anywhere on the planet, each height-adjustable light pole is equipped with three different kinds of highway luminaries.


late Middle English: from Old French luminarie or late Latin luminarium, from Latin lumen, lumin- 'light'.

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