Definition of

Cynosure

  1. (noun, communication) something that provides guidance (as Polaris guides mariners)
  2. (noun, cognition) something that strongly attracts attention and admiration

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Origin of the word Cynosure

  1. 1590s, from M.Fr. cynosure, from L. Cynosura, lit. "dog's tail," the constellation (now Ursa Minor) containing the North Star, the focus of navigation, from Gk. kynosoura, lit. "dog's tail." more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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