from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration.
- n. Something that serves to guide.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Ursa Minor or Polaris, the North Star, used as a guide by navigators.
- n. That which serves to guide or direct; a guiding star.
- n. Something that is the center of attention; an object that serves as a focal point of attraction and admiration.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The constellation of the Lesser Bear (Ursa Minor), to which, as containing the polar star, the eyes of mariners and travelers were often directed.
- n. That which serves to direct.
- n. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center of attraction.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something that strongly attracts attention; a center of attraction.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. something that strongly attracts attention and admiration
- n. something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
French, Ursa Minor (which contains the guiding star Polaris), from Latin cynosūra, from Greek kunosoura, dog's tail, Ursa Minor : kunos, genitive of kuōn, dog; see kwon- in Indo-European roots + ourā, tail; see ors- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French cynosure ("Ursa Minor; Polaris"), from Latin Cynosūra ("Ursa Minor"), from Ancient Greek Κυνόσουρα (Kunosoura, "Ursa Minor"), literally “dog’s tail’, from κυνός (kunos, "dog's") + οὐρά (oura, "tail"). (Wiktionary)