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 The gravitational effects of dark matter would explain why rotating galaxies don’t tear themselves apart, and the uneven pattern seen in the microwave ‘afterglow’ of the early Universe. Elizabeth Gibney, Scientific American, "Last Chance for WIMPs: Physicists Launch All-Out Hunt for Dark-Matter Candidate," 8 Oct. 2020 But its delicate charm has given it a nice afterglow in the years since. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "The 100 Greatest Mariah Carey Songs: Staff Picks," 5 Oct. 2020 Our usually cutthroat, competitive natures melted away in the warm afterglow of our successful escape. Gregg Opelka, WSJ, "Adventures of the Bad Boy Bowling Gang," 9 Sep. 2020 Around this time last year, San Francisco chef Val Cantu was basking in the afterglow of Californios receiving two stars in the 2019 Michelin Guide to California’s best fine dining restaurants. Justin Phillips,, "SF had the country's premier fine dining scene. Do Michelin stars matter now?," 9 Sep. 2020 Birria de res finds the same afterglow in ramen ($13.39 with one taco) and in oversize tacos dorados with cheese and a side of broth ($11.55). Mike Sutter,, "5 great Mexican restaurants for birria tacos in San Antonio: Birotes Tortas Ahogadas, Birria Barrio, Birriería Estilo Jalisco, Birriería y Taquería Ay Arandas and El Remedio," 3 Sep. 2020 Yet in Baltimore, there is the afterglow of a year ago when the Ravens presented the city with one of the most electrifying seasons in team history. Mike Preston,, "Amid COVID-19 uncertainty, Ravens have fewer questions than most in NFL | COMMENTARY," 5 Aug. 2020 The good news, too, is that the vegetarian afterglow spilled over to the rest of the menu. Mike Sutter,, "Review: New Marla Restaurant shines tiny light on vegan, Tex-Mex, Mexican food classics on San Antonio’s West Side," 20 Feb. 2020 Ice fishing leaves an experience afterglow, a pleasant, tingly emotional windburn. Steve Macone, New York Times, "Ice Fishing Is Fun!," 4 Mar. 2020

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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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The first known use of afterglow was in 1832

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15 Oct 2020

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“Afterglow.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of afterglow

: a glowing light remaining in the sky after the sun has set
: a happy feeling that remains after a successful or emotional event


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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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