aureole


au·re·ole

noun \ˈr-ē-ˌōl\

Definition of AUREOLE

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
:  radiance, aura <an aureole of youth and health>
3
:  the luminous area surrounding the sun or other bright light when seen through thin cloud or mist :  corona
4
:  a ring-shaped zone around an igneous intrusion
aureole transitive verb

Variants of AUREOLE

au·re·ole or au·re·o·la \-ˈrē-ə-lə, ə-\

Examples of AUREOLE

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

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

Related to AUREOLE

Synonyms
glory, halo, nimbus

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr

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