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If somebody is highly notable or respected for their skill at doing something or their expertise with regards to a particular subject, then they can be called a ‘luminary’. This word originally referred to a celestial body emitting light, so a good way to remember how to use it is to think of people who might figuratively emit light and offer knowledge and insight. Often applied in its plural form.
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Our class were delighted to receive a talk from that doctor as she is quite a luminary in the medical profession.
Luminaries of stage and screen gathered in New York for the glitzy awards show last night.
A number of luminaries in the field were brought together to try and affect a solution to the ongoing crisis.