Suppose you are introducing some people to each other. Among these people there is a very intelligent person or a very admirable person or an old mother who has suffered a lot or even a very successful athlete who you are going to highlight him in your introduction in the manner that you could put him / her in the center of attraction or attention. What would you say in natural, colloquial sense in this case in the US?

The only thing I found from my dictionaries was only:

  • ...and finally this is Ivan; the cynosure of our company.

Does it make any sense to you?


Cynosure definitely isn't a common word – I haven't heard it before, and if I came across it I would have to infer from context what it meant.

For the example with an intelligent/admirable person or a successful athlete, you could use (from Oxford Dictionaries):

A very famous or talented entertainer or sports player:
"a sport star"
[AS MODIFIER]: "she got star treatment"

An outstandingly successful person or thing in a group:
"he's a rising star in the party"
[AS MODIFIER]: "Elinor was a star pupil"

You couldn't use this for the "mother" example, but in that case it may be appropriate to use:

An institution, place, or person strongly maintaining particular principles, attitudes, or activities: "cricket’s last bastion of discrimination"

You might call her a bastion if you were referring to admirable qualities, perhaps you wanted to call attention to her strong resolve, her strong will, or her steadfast determination to carry on.

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