• Ursa Minor or Polaris, the North Star, used as a guide by navigators.
  • That which serves to guide or direct; a guiding star.
  • Something that is the center of attention; an object that serves as a focal point of attraction and admiration.


  • From French cynosure ("Ursa Minor; Polaris"), from Latin Cynosūra ("Ursa Minor"), from Ancient Greek Κυνόσουρα ("Ursa Minor"), from κύων + οὐρά.

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