af·​ter·​glow | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌglō How to pronounce afterglow (audio) \

Definition of afterglow

1 : a glow remaining where a light has disappeared
2 : a pleasant effect or feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced, or achieved basking in the afterglow of success

Examples of afterglow in a Sentence

the afterglow of the sunset
Recent Examples on the Web That led to some awkward interactions in the afterglow of the Warriors’ championship. Globe Staff,, 20 June 2022 In the afterglow of his team’s Western Conference finals victory, Warriors forward Draymond Green declared as such. Globe Staff,, 27 May 2022 The first effort, the Women’s United Soccer Association, was launched in the afterglow of the 1999 Women’s World Cup final at the Rose Bowl, in which the U.S. women beat China. Rachel Bachman, WSJ, 26 May 2022 In the afterglow of his 2012 triple crown season, the Tigers rewarded Cabrera with an eight-year, $240 million contract that would not begin until 2016. New York Times, 23 Apr. 2022 In the afterglow of the Ryder Cup, DJ had been in a bit of a dry spell. Mike Dojc, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 The last time cases were consistently this low was last summer, when California was still basking in the afterglow of its full economic reopening. Luke Money, Los Angeles Times, 2 Apr. 2022 The tour ends with new friends and an afterglow of conviviality. Basem Wasef, Robb Report, 15 Feb. 2022 Strong evidence against any sort of cosmic flow comes from the afterglow of the Big Bang. Quanta Magazine, 13 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of afterglow

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for afterglow

after- + glow entry 2

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“Afterglow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jul. 2022.

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af·​ter·​glow | \ ˈaf-tər-ˌglō \

Kids Definition of afterglow

1 : a glow remaining (as in the sky after sunset) where a light has disappeared
2 : a pleasant feeling that remains after some good experience the afterglow of victory

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