Meaning of cynosure in English:


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in singular
  • A person or thing that is the centre of attention or admiration.

    ‘Kirk was the cynosure of all eyes’
    • ‘But then Canary Wharf is not yet, despite the much bruited movement eastward of London's core, a Saturday-night cynosure.’
    • ‘The postman, aware that he was the cynosure of all eyes, would strut to the centre of the village and call out names of those whose letters he had brought.’
    • ‘In a district where the focus is on religious tourism, with the pilgrims visiting the other places sights incidentally, the Godavari has hardly been made the cynosure it deserves to be.’
    • ‘A 12-needle multi-colour computerised machine for embroidering anything from bed-sheets and pillow-covers to caps and jackets was the cynosure on all eyes on Thursday.’
    • ‘The lead guitarist, in particular, was the cynosure of all eyes.’
    • ‘The group dance event, however, seemed to be the cynosure of all eyes, with audience expressing their appreciation with loud whistles and applause after every item.’
    • ‘The elegant sculptures in bronze, white metal and ceramics were the cynosure of connoisseurs.’
    • ‘Naturally, the film personalities queuing up with their tickets before boarding the wide-bodied jet liner were the cynosure of all eyes.’
    • ‘They are the cynosure of all eyes with their remarkable somersaults cutting across each other's paths in perfect unison.’
    • ‘The cynosure on the evening in question was the American tenor who sang the part of Faust.’
    • ‘The towering spires, soaring vaults and sturdy columns of this Gothic church make it the cynosure of a visitor's eye.’
    • ‘A girl, who donned the dress of Radha, was the cynosure of all eyes for her elegant movements and facial expressions.’
    • ‘How proudly she had strutted around that day, the cynosure of all eyes.’
    • ‘The items sold were the cynosure of art collectors from all over the world.’
    • ‘It is beauticians who make brides and bridegrooms the cynosure of all eyes.’
    • ‘The man, the cynosure of all eyes at the packed auditorium, spoke from the bottom of his heart.’
    • ‘The novel air cooler that runs on solar power instead of electricity was the cynosure of all eyes.’
    • ‘When the Millbank building was opened in 1897, contemporary British art was the cynosure of the world.’
    • ‘This 19-year-old South African athlete, who took to swimming at the age of six, out of love, was the cynosure of the capacity crowd at the swimming pool.’
    centre, focal point, central point, centre of attention, hub, pivot, nucleus, heart, cornerstone, linchpin, kingpin, bedrock, basis, anchor, backbone, cynosure



/ˈsʌɪnə(ʊ)ʃʊə/ /ˈsɪnə(ʊ)ʃʊə/


Late 16th century from French, or from Latin cynosura, from Greek kunosoura ‘dog's tail’ (also ‘Ursa Minor’), from kuōn, kun- ‘dog’ + oura ‘tail’. The term originally denoted the constellation Ursa Minor, or the pole star which it contains, long used as a guide by navigators.