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halo

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noun, ha·lo \ˈhā-(ˌ)lō\

Simple Definition of halo

  • : a circle of light that is shown in a religious painting, drawing, etc., around the head of a holy figure (such as an angel, saint, or god)

  • : a bright circle seen around the sun or the moon

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of halo

plural halos or haloes

  1. 1 :  a circle of light appearing to surround the sun or moon and resulting from refraction or reflection of light by ice particles in the atmosphere

  2. 2 :  something resembling a halo: as a :  nimbus b :  a region of space surrounding a galaxy that is sparsely populated with luminous objects (as globular clusters) but is believed to contain a great deal of dark matter c :  a differentiated zone surrounding a central zone or object d :  an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest —called also halo brace

  3. 3 :  the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

Examples of halo in a sentence

  1. <the halo of unimpeachable honesty in which the politician had long basked>

  2. <a naturalistic depiction of Saint Peter that shows him as a humble fisherman and without the traditional halo>



Origin of halo

Latin halos, from Greek halōs threshing floor, disk, halo


First Known Use: 1603


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halo

verb ha·lo

Definition of halo

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to form into or surround with a halo <rainbows haloed the waterfalls — Michael Crawford>



1801

First Known Use of halo

1801


halo-

ha·lo

Definition of halo-

  1. see hal-




HALO Defined for Kids

halo

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noun ha·lo \ˈhā-lō\

Definition of halo for Students

plural halos or haloes

  1. 1 :  a bright circle around the head of a person (as in a painting) that signifies holiness

  2. 2 :  a circle of light around the sun or moon caused by tiny ice crystals in the air




Medical Dictionary

halo

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noun ha·lo \ˈhā-(ˌ)lō\

Medical Definition of halo

plural halos or haloes

  1. 1:  a circle of light appearing to surround a luminous body; especially :  one seen as the result of the presence of glaucoma

  2. 2:  a differentiated zone surrounding a central object <the halo around a boil>

  3. 3:  the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

  4. 4:  an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest—called also halo brace





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