Definition of


  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

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