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lodestar

noun lode·star \ˈlōd-ˌstär\

Simple Definition of lodestar

  • : something or someone that leads or guides a person or group of people

Full Definition of lodestar

  1. 1 archaic :  a star that leads or guides; especially :  north star

  2. 2 :  one that serves as an inspiration, model, or guide

Examples of lodestar

  1. The idea of public service has been a lodestar for her throughout her life.

  2. <a society seemingly with unbridled greed as its only lodestar>



Variants of lodestar

also load·star \ˈlōd-ˌstär\

Origin of lodestar

Middle English lode sterre, from lode course, from Old English lād


First Known Use: 14th century



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