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Definition a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
  • he was host to a large gathering of luminaries
  • Nobel Prize winning scientists and other luminaries
  • a luminary in Harvard's History department
  • For five, perhaps ten minutes, the two luminaries confronted each other across the level land, resting on opposite edges of the world.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • We usually honored a luminary in public service and a client.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • And here was Philosophy Hall, an official National Historic Landmark, where John Dewey, among other luminaries, once kept an office.
    Tracy Kidder  --  Strength in What Remains
  • The three luminaries are the Sun, the Moon, and the Stars.
    Lisa See  --  Snow Flower and the Secret Fan
  • Yet not to Earth are those bright luminaries Officious; but to thee, Earth's habitant.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • He returned this challenge a moment, consciously, resisting an inclination to frown as one frowns in the presence of larger luminaries.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volume 1
  • The sun, the great luminary of the universe, had become as sackcloth of hair.
    James Joyce  --  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  • Give me tidings of her, oh luminary of the three faces!
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • I will make them media luminaries.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Who was this novice in war with the effrontery of a luminary?
    Victor Hugo  --  Les Miserables
  • He would sit for any length of time, with the utmost enjoyment, bathing his temples in the light of any order of luminary.
    Charles Dickens  --  Bleak House
  • Now that a new light shone upon the horizon, this older luminary paled in the west.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • He returned this challenge a moment, consciously, resisting an inclination to frown as one frowns in the presence of larger luminaries.
    Henry James  --  The Portrait of a Lady - Volumes 1 & 2
  • I kept it between us, whilst I wrote, making it serve the double purpose of luminary and shield.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie
  • The glimmer of this luminary suggested the above conceits to Mr. Dimmesdale, who smiled—nay, almost laughed at them—and then wondered if he was going mad.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The Scarlet Letter
  • As the stars began to peek from the evening sky, everyone gathered on the quad, which was ringed by the tall white statues of past luminaries.
    Henry H. Neff  --  The Fiend And The Forge
  • Had the apprentice been reading the complete works of Goethe or any other such luminary, that was what would have sat in front of them.
    Markus Zusak  --  The Book Thief

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