Definitions

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  • n. An acclaimed expert, one of the foremost experts, a luminary.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a celebrity who is an inspiration to others

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Examples

  • Here we met Simon Fairlie, leading light of the experiment from the beginning, eloquent veteran of the Twyford Down road protest, sometime Associate Editor of the Ecologist and once a stonemason at Salisbury Cathedral.

    Wildwood

  • There’s a disreputable old chap called Ezra Pincott – leading light in poaching circles, strong persevering upholder of the local bar – Maudie says he’s been shooting off his face to all and sundry in the Bull about knowing something that would put money in his pocket if somebody knew what was what.

    The Key

  • He was not yet a leading light in the underworld, but he was already too big a man to soil his hands in fights in the bars of the Vieux Port.

    Maigret in Montmartre

  • D., a leading light of the Methodist Episcopal Church, who offers himself as comic relief in our Clerical Vaudeville.

    The Profits of Religion: An Essay in Economic Interpretation

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  • Related to "leading-mark," a nautical term that referred to "one of 'those objects which, kept in line or in transit, guide the pilot while working into port, as trees, spires, buoys, etc.'" (from OED).

    December 3, 2007