aureole

noun au·re·ole \ ˈȯr-ē-ˌōl \
variants: or aureola play \ȯ-ˈrē-ə-lə, ə-\
|Updated on: 10 Jun 2018

Definition of aureole

1 a : a radiant light around the head or body of a representation of a sacred personage
b : something resembling an aureole
  • an aureole of hair
2 : radiance, aura
  • an aureole of youth and health
3 : the luminous area surrounding the sun or other bright light when seen through thin cloud or mist : corona
4 : a ring-shaped zone around an igneous intrusion

aureole

transitive verb

Examples of aureole in a Sentence

  1. the white marble sculpture of the saint in the throes of divine ecstasy is strikingly offset by a gilt aureole

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Origin and Etymology of aureole

Middle English aureole heavenly crown worn by saints, from Medieval Latin aureola, from Latin, feminine of aureolus golden, diminutive of aureus

aureole Synonyms

Synonyms

glory, halo, nimbus;

Related Words

starburst, sunburst;

aura, corona;

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