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cynosure (noun) a point, a person, or a thing of general attraction.

You are the cynosure, if for some achievement of yours, you are the centre of attraction and attention of people around you. A VIP honored as the chief guest at a function is the cynosure on the occasion. 'The Picasso piece was the cynosure at the art exhibition.' This means that every visitor to the exhibition was more attracted towards the Picasso piece than to the other exhibits.

  • At the charity show organized for the benefit of the visually challenged, the film star who had just won an Oscar was the cynosure, as everyone had eyes and ears only for her.
  • The stunning performance of Kansas team captain was the cynosure of all spectators' eyes. The match over, the crowd surrounded him to shake hands with him and to have his autographs.
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