leading light


leading light
noun
a celebrity who is an inspiration to others
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he was host to a large gathering of luminaries

Syn: ↑luminary, ↑guiding light, ↑notable, ↑notability
Derivationally related forms: ↑notable (for: ↑notability), ↑notable (for: ↑notable)
Hypernyms: ↑celebrity, ↑famous person

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noun, pl ⋯ lights [count]
: a person who is a very important member of a group, organization, or community

He is one of the leading lights of the labor movement.

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ˌleading ˈlight [leading light] noun
an important, active or respected person in a particular area of activity

She's one of the leading lights in the opera world.


Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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