noun \ˈnim-bəs\

: a circle of light

plural nim·bi \-ˌbī, -ˌbē\ or nim·bus·es

Full Definition of NIMBUS

a :  a luminous vapor, cloud, or atmosphere about a god or goddess when on earth
b :  a cloud or atmosphere (as of romance) about a person or thing
:  an indication (as a circle) of radiant light or glory about the head of a drawn or sculptured divinity, saint, or sovereign
a :  a rain cloud
b :  thunderhead; also :  cumulus 2

Examples of NIMBUS

  1. <fans are inevitably disappointed when the nimbus of glamour about their favorite celebrity turns out to be an illusion>
  2. <the nimbi for the sculpted figures around the exterior of the church are simple disks about the saints' heads>

Illustration of NIMBUS

Origin of NIMBUS

Latin, rainstorm, cloud; probably akin to Latin nebula cloud — more at nebula
First Known Use: 1616

Other Mythology and Folklore Terms

elysian, fay, muse, phoenix

Rhymes with NIMBUS


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