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luminary

noun [C] uk   /ˈluː.mɪ.nə.ri/ us    /ˈluː.mə.ner.i/ formal
a person who is famous and important in a particular area of activity: Luminaries of stage and screen (= famous actors) assembled for last night's awards ceremony.Famous peopleImportant people and describing important peopleImportant people and describing important peopleFamous peopleWealthy people
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