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cynosure

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noun cy·no·sure \ˈsī-nə-ˌshu̇r, ˈsi-\

Simple Definition of cynosure

  • : a person or thing that attracts a lot of attention or interest

Full Definition of cynosure

  1. 1 capitalized :  the northern constellation Ursa Minor; also :  north star

  2. 2 :  one that serves to direct or guide

  3. 3 :  a center of attraction or attention <turned an eyesore into a cynosure — Catherine Reynolds>

Examples of cynosure

  1. <with an unwavering commitment to equal rights for all as his only cynosure>

  2. <that company is the cynosure for anyone wishing to make it in the music business>



Origin of cynosure

Middle French & Latin; Middle French, Ursa Minor, guide, from Latin cynosura Ursa Minor, from Greek kynosoura, from kynos oura, literally, dog's tail


First Known Use: 1565



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