Definition of Leading light

1. Noun. A celebrity who is an inspiration to others. "He was host to a large gathering of luminaries"

Exact synonyms: Guiding Light, Luminary, Notability, Notable
Generic synonyms: Celebrity, Famous Person
Derivative terms: Notable, Notable

Definition of Leading light

1. Noun. (idiomatic) An acclaimed expert, one of the foremost experts, a luminary. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Leading Light

leading astray
leading axle
leading diagonal
leading diagonals
leading edge
leading indicator
leading indicators
leading lady
leading lamella
leading light (current term)
leading lights
leading man
leading off
leading question
leading questions
leading rein
leading seaman
leading seamen
leading strand
leading tone
leading tones
leading truck
leading wheel

Literary usage of Leading light

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Education by Project Innovation (Organization) (1909)
"Outlines of World Leaders x Ralph Waldo Emerson: leading light of American Letters ARTHUR ... leading light ..."

2. The Nautical Magazine (1832)
"Proceeding up the river, the lights should be kept in line until Fort Mifflin bar low leading light is visible, when the course should be altered two points ..."

3. Verses from My Diary by Duncan McIntosh (1907)
"When long by storms ye have been driven So far from home, and lov'd ones riven, How welcomed then would be the sight, This harbour with the leading light. ..."

4. A Directory for the North Atlantic Ocean, Comprising Instructions, General by Alexander George Findlay (1895)
"... the bright leading light in the lighthouse is seen, when the channel will be open ; and keeping the leading light in sight, run direct for it. ..."

5. Senate Documents, Otherwise Publ. as Public Documents and Executive by United States Congress. Senate (1874)
"... Phare (Je la Palmyre, я wrought-irou range or leading light-house on a screw-pile foundation. Phare de Royan, a masonry range or leading light ..."

6. The Red Sea and Gulf of Aden Pilot: Containing Descriptions of the Suez by William James Lloyd Wharton, John Phillips, Great Britain Hydrographic Office, Great Britain Admiralty (1900)
"From the leading light southward of Lake Ballah to Lake Timsah, 7^ miles.—In this cutting the sand-hills are about 40 feet high. ..."

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