Definition of Cynosure

1. Noun. Something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners). "Let faith be your cynosure to walk by"




2. Noun. Something that strongly attracts attention and admiration. "If he was the cynosure of all eyes he didn't notice"

Definition of Cynosure

1. n. The constellation of the Lesser Bear, to which, as containing the polar star, the eyes of mariners and travelers were often directed.

Definition of Cynosure

1. Noun. (context: usually capitalized) Ursa Minor or Polaris, the North Star, used as a guide by navigators. ¹

2. Noun. (figuratively) That which serves to guide or direct; a guiding star. ¹

3. Noun. Something that is the center of attention; an object that serves as a focal point of attraction and admiration. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Cynosure

1. a center of attraction [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Cynosure

cynology
cynomolgus
cynomorph
cynomorphic
cynomorphism
cynophile
cynophiles
cynophilia
cynophobe
cynophobes
cynophobia
cynophobias
cynophobic
cynorexia
cynosural
cynosure (current term)
cynosures
cynthia moth
cyon
cyons
cyperaceous
cypermethrin
cyperuses
cyperusol
cypher
cyphered
cyphering
cypherpunk
cypherpunks
cyphers

Literary usage of Cynosure

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1. The Knickerbocker: Or, New-York Monthly Magazine by Charles Fenno Hoffman, Timothy Flint, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Kinahan Cornwallis, John Holmes Agnew (1839)
"With all that's gentle in a cynosure: The Peri of my heart's lone wilderness; What marvel then, if thou art such a star, That I am a devout astronomer ! ..."

2. The Stoddard Library: A Thousand Hours of Entertainment with the World's by John Lawson Stoddard (1910)
"... it would be the cynosure of all eyes there. Easily, with a few convulsive quirks, they give up their watery ghosts, like a mortal translated before his ..."

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