Definition of luminary noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈluːmɪnəri//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈluːmɪneri//
(pl. luminaries)
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a person who is an expert or a great influence in a special area or activity He has played with all the great jazz luminaries. Various leading luminaries of the arts were invited. Word Originlate Middle English: from Old French luminarie or late Latin luminarium, from Latin lumen, lumin- ‘light’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: luminary