af·​ter·​glow ˈaf-tər-ˌglō How to pronounce afterglow (audio)
: a glow remaining where a light has disappeared
: 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
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Word History


after- + glow entry 2

First Known Use

1832, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of afterglow was in 1832

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“Afterglow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Nov. 2023.

Kids Definition


af·​ter·​glow -ˌglō How to pronounce afterglow (audio)
: a glow remaining (as in the sky after sunsets) where a light has disappeared
: a pleasant feeling that lingers after something is done, experienced, or achieved
the afterglow of success

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