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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lu·mi·na·ry n.; pl. Luminaries
 1. Any body that gives light, especially one of the heavenly bodies. Radiant luminary.”
 Where the great luminary . . .
 Dispenses light from far.   --Milton.
 2. One who illustrates any subject, or enlightens mankind; as, Newton was a distinguished luminary.