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A luminary ( Greek κορυφή koryphé , German 'summit, crown' ) originally referred to someone who is at the top 'or a' leader '.


The term is used in different contexts: In the Greek tragedy of antiquity , the choir leader is referred to as a luminary. This is where the term for the first solo dancer is used, which is particularly common in the Austrian-speaking world. A luminary is also a person who excels through exceptional achievements: an authority , an expert , a capacity, a specialist in a particular subject.

Coryphaeus is also the nickname of Jupiter in Wilhelm Vollmer's dictionary of mythology from 1874.

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Wiktionary: luminary  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. a b Duden - The great foreign dictionary. Origin and meaning of foreign words . 1994
  2. dtv lexicon. Volume 10: Kako-Kre. dtv, Munich 1976, ISBN 3-423-03060-7 , p. 278.
  3. ^ Wilhelm Vollmer: Dictionary of Mythology. Stuttgart 1874, p. 147 ( luminary at .).