Word of the day

The word for today is…

lodestar (noun) – 1. A star, such as Polaris, that is used as a point of navigational reference.
2. A principle, interest, or person that serves as a guide.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : Late 14th century (late 13th century as a surname), “a star that leads or serves to guide,” an old name for the pole star as the star that “leads the way” in navigation; from lode “a way, a course, something to be followed” (a Middle English variant spelling of load that preserved the original Old English sense of that noun) + star. Figurative use from late 14th century. Similar formation in Old Norse leiðarstjarna, German Leitstern, Danish ledestjerne.


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