cynosure


cy·no·sure

noun \ˈsī-nə-ˌshr, ˈsi-\

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

Full Definition of CYNOSURE

1
capitalized :  the northern constellation Ursa Minor; also :  north star
2
:  one that serves to direct or guide
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

Other Astronomy Terms

gibbous, nadir, nebulous, penumbra, retrograde, sidereal, syzygy, wane, wax, zenith

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