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Wish I knew the name of the luminary raising hell for me this morning!

"Then I should say that for a luminary of science your light is very limited," returned Hermione.

And for the same reason we have to place the foot of the luminary on the horizon.

The dimensions of our luminary are commensurate with his importance.

Then she extinguished the fourth, so that the only luminary left in the room was the lamp.

“Just so; a dean or some other luminary,” nodded the doctor.

This island was in that age the luminary of the Caledonian regions.

In the days of creation it should have been suspended as the only luminary in the firmament.

A term to express the points or horns of the moon, or other luminary.

The Luminary ran down to us, and the huge prize was towed alongside of her.

WORD ORIGIN

mid-15c., "lamp, source of (artificial) light," from Old French luminarie (12c.), "lamp, lights, lighting; candles; brightness, illumination," from Late Latin luminare "light, torch, lamp, heavenly body," literally "that which gives light," from Latin lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "notable person" is first recorded 1690s, though the Middle English word also had a figurative sense of "source of spiritual light, example of holiness."

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