from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An object, such as a celestial body, that gives light.
- n. A person who is an inspiration to others.
- n. A person who has achieved eminence in a specific field. See Synonyms at celebrity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. One that is an inspiration to others; one who has achieved success in his chosen field; a leading light.
- n. An artificial light; an illumination.
- n. A body that gives light; especially, one of the heavenly bodies.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies.
- n. One who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A light-giver; a body that illuminates or gives out light: applied especially to the sun and moon.
- n. Hence One who is a source of intellectual light; a person who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind: as, the great luminaries of an age; a luminary of literature or science.
- n. An illumination.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
"Sir, Mr. Fletcher was a luminary -- _a luminary_, did I say?
But on the fourth day God created the great luminary, that is, the sun, to have rule and authority  over the day: for it is by it that day is made: for it is day when the sun is above the earth, and the duration of a day is the course of the sun over the earth from its rising till its setting.
The luminary was a golden-haired, beaming, mild-eyed, God-like creature, gazing down in the vigour and intentness of youth upon an earth that was brimming with interest for him.
Indeed, Brewster is what I would call a luminary of luscious lattes, wot! '
Prof. BERNARD: Van Vechten was friends with the president of Fisk at the time, Charles Johnson, who was another kind of -- you know, kind of luminary of this period, and later, you know, of -- sort of black politics at this time.
Eclipses they attribute to the attempts of the Evil Spirits to embarrass the labours of the luminary which is eclipsed.
I’ve never been called luminary before, and I think it’s a new favorite word.
Out of the love He bore Enoch, God arrayed him in a magnificent garment, to which every kind of luminary in existence was attached, and a crown gleaming with forty-nine jewels, the splendor of which pierced to all parts of the seven heavens and to the four corners of the earth.
In benignant and gracious conduct he was to be as a "luminary" (_phôstêr_), moving calm and bright in the dark hemisphere of the world.
"There's always those kind of luminary figures that seem to speak the truth," he says.