Definitions for: Cynosure

[n] something that strongly attracts attention (as the north star attracts mariners); "let faith be your cynosure to walk by"

Webster (1913) Definition: Cy"no*sure (s?"n?-sh?r or s?n"?-sh?r; 277), n. [L.
Cynosura theconstellation Cynosure, Gr. ????? dog's tail, the
constellation Cynosure; ????, ????, dog + ???? tail.
1. The constellation of the Lesser Bear, to which, as
containing the polar star, the eyes of mariners and
travelers were often directed.

2. That which serves to direct. --Southey.

3. Anything to which attention is strongly turned; a center
of attraction.

Where perhaps some beauty lies, The cynosure of
neighboring eyes. --Milton.

See Also: center, center of attention

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