One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A star that is used to guide the course of a ship, especially the Pole Star.guide, guiding star, guiding light, role model, model, luminary, exemplar, ideal, inspirationView synonyms
- 1.1 A person or thing that serves as an inspiration or guide.‘she was his intellectual lodestar’
- 1.1 A person or thing that serves as an inspiration or guide.
Middle English: from lode in the obsolete sense ‘way, course’ + star.
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