noun \ˈlōd-ˌstär\

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

Full Definition of LODESTAR

archaic :  a star that leads or guides; especially :  north star
:  one that serves as an inspiration, model, or guide

Variants of LODESTAR

lode·star also load·star \ˈlōd-ˌstär\

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>

Origin of LODESTAR

Middle English lode sterre, from lode course, from Old English lād
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Astronomy Terms

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


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