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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Luminary \Lu"mi*na*ry\, n.; pl. Luminaries, [F. luminaire, L. luminare a light or lamp, which was lighted in the churches, a luminary, fr. lumen, luminis, light, fr. lucere to be light, to shine, lux, lucis, light. See Light.] [1913 Webster] 1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies. " Radiant luminary." --Skelton. [1913 Webster] Where the great luminary . . . Dispenses light from far. --Milton. [1913 Webster] 2. One who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind; as, Newton was a distinguished luminary. [1913 Webster]