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cynosure (s) (noun), cynosures (pl)
1. The center of admiration, attention, or attraction: The famed pianist was the cynosure of the critics for the newspapers.
2. An object that serves as a focal point of attention and admiration: The iceberg was the cynosure for the tourist boat in the Arctic.
3. Someone or something acting as a guide or used for direction: The cynosure at the intersection of the two roads helped to reassure Mark that he was going in the right direction to the museum.
4. Etymology: from about 1596, from Middle French (c.1400-c.1600) cynosure, from Latin Cynosura; literally, "dog's tail; the constellation (now Ursa Minor) containing the North Star (which contains the guiding star Polaris), the focus of navigation; from Greek kynosoura, literally, "dog's tail".
The center of attention or interest.
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The center of admiration, attention, or attraction.
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The object of attention.
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A person or something that is the center of admiration, attraction, or attention. (3)