Complete Definition of "cynosure"

English

Etymology
French cynosure "Ursa Minor; Polaris", from Latin Cynosura|CynosÅ«ra "Ursa Minor", from Ancient Greek κÏνÏÏοÏÏα (cynosÅ«ra) "Ursa Minor", literally "dog's tail": κÏÏν|κÏνÏÏ (cynos) "dog's" + οá½Ïά (Å«ra) "tail".

Pronunciation
IPA|/ËsaɪnÉËÊÊr/
SAMPA|/"[email protected]%SUr/
:Hyphenation: cy·no·sure
:rhymes|aɪnÉÊÊÉ

Noun
en-noun

  1. literally Cynosure â Ursa Minor, or Polaris the North Star, used as a guide
  2. something that guides
  3. something that is the center of attention

#:quotations:
#:*"The rooms were brilliant with lights and flowers, and gaiety and beauty, and intellect; and the lately shrinking country girl was the cynosure of all eyes---the most envied, the most dreaded, the most admired, the most loved." — Alice Cary (1820-1871), Clovernook, or Recollections of our Neighborhood in the West
#:*"let faith be your cynosure to walk by"

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