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Noun: luminary  'loo-mu,ne-ree [N. Amer], loo-mi-n(u-)ree [Brit]
  1. A celebrity who is an inspiration to others
    "he was host to a large gathering of luminaries";
    - leading light, guiding light, notable, notability

Derived forms: luminaries

Type of: celeb [informal], celebrity, famous person

Encyclopedia: Luminary