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aureole

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noun au·re·ole \ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl\

Definition of aureole

  1. 1 a :  a radiant light around the head or body of a representation of a sacred personage b :  something resembling an aureole <an aureole of hair>

  2. 2 :  radiance, aura <an aureole of youth and health>

  3. 3 :  the luminous area surrounding the sun or other bright light when seen through thin cloud or mist :  corona

  4. 4 :  a ring-shaped zone around an igneous intrusion

aureole transitive verb


Examples of aureole

  1. <the white marble sculpture of the saint in the throes of divine ecstasy is strikingly offset by a gilt aureole>



Variants of aureole

or au·re·o·la play \ȯ-ˈrē-ə-lə, ə-\

Origin of aureole

Middle English aureole heavenly crown worn by saints, from Medieval Latin aureola, from Latin, feminine of aureolus golden, diminutive of aureus


First Known Use: 13th century

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