halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ ˈhā-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce halo (audio) \
plural halos or haloes

Definition of halo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a circle of light appearing to surround the sun or moon and resulting from refraction or reflection of light by ice particles in the atmosphere
2 : something resembling a halo: such as
a : nimbus
b : a region of space surrounding a galaxy that is sparsely populated with luminous objects (such as globular clusters) but is believed to contain a great deal of dark matter
c : a differentiated zone surrounding a central zone or object
d or halo brace : an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest
3 : the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

halo

verb
haloed; haloing; haloes

Definition of halo (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to form into or surround with a halo rainbows haloed the waterfalls— Michael Crawford

Definition of halo- (Entry 3 of 3)

— see hal-

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Examples of halo in a Sentence

Noun the halo of unimpeachable honesty in which the politician had long basked a naturalistic depiction of Saint Peter that shows him as a humble fisherman and without the traditional halo
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Like the concrete and asphalt beneath a city, a vast spherical halo of dark matter undergirds the whole cluster of galaxies. Michael Greshko, National Geographic, "Dark matter warps galaxy clusters more than expected, shaking up cosmic theory," 10 Sep. 2020 But the image, surprising because it is delivered by a higher-end ED glass, is a bit dark at higher magnifications and shows a slight halo around the periphery at lower magnifications. Andrew Mckean, Outdoor Life, "The 8 Best New Spotting Scopes Put to the Test," 18 Aug. 2020 His career is furthermore full of salutary lessons in the art of rough-and-tumble politics and practical persuasion that we are often blinded to by the light of his halo. Cameron Hilditch, National Review, "The Party of Lincoln," 14 Aug. 2020 No crown is above his head; only a bright circle, almost like a halo. Jonny Auping, Longreads, "The Proving Grounds: Charley Crockett and the Story of Deep Ellum," 10 Aug. 2020 The Diamond Pro, the NBC co-host’s ring appears to be a five-carat Asscher cut diamond set in a blue sapphire halo. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "'Today' Show Star Hoda Kotb Reveals All About Her and Joel Schiffman's Wedding," 6 Aug. 2020 When local temperatures drop, large lakes sometimes end up rimmed by a thin halo of ice, blocking water en route to land. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, "Why Are Ice Volcanoes Erupting on the Shores of Lake Michigan?," 20 Feb. 2020 By Sunday afternoon, the Crew Dragon will be orbiting just above the thick halo of atmosphere that surrounds Earth. Jackie Wattles, CNN, "NASA-SpaceX mission: Astronauts prepare to board Crew Dragon from the ISS," 1 Aug. 2020 Netflix's Warrior Nun took viewers on a wild and crazy journey as Ava travels to find out more about her powers and the mysterious halo that turned her into a superhero known as the Warrior Nun. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, "Everything That Went Down During the "Warrior Nun" Season One Finale," 15 July 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The larger ones are steeply mountainous, volcanic, rising to almost 6,000 feet, their summits haloed in clouds. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Remote Solomon Islands Are a Diver's Paradise in the South Pacific," 22 May 2020 There is a none-too-subtle mystical vibe, from the ring lights that halo the massive trees on Amaya’s Bay Area campus to Forest’s cult-leader magnetism and the cold-burn fervor of his head acolyte, Katie (a quietly terrifying Alison Pill). James Poniewozik, New York Times, "Review: ‘Devs’ Is a Cold and Beautiful Machine," 4 Mar. 2020 Nine, the new album from Blink-182, a band forever associated with adolescence even though the members’ mean age is now 44, arrives haloed in that great teenage emotion: embarrassment. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Blink-182’s Secret Seriousness," 20 Sep. 2019 The landlady remains a cipher, and yet a faint aspect of loss haloes her. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, "Taxidermy Is a Metaphor for Our Time," 21 Aug. 2019 Turner’s head is haloed by the sun, much like the moon during a solar eclipse. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "Artist’s Quilts Pay Tribute to African-American Women," 4 May 2018 At the time, Mikey was recovering from being neutered and was haloed by a large plastic dog cone around his neck. Marc Lester, adn.com, "How a service dog opened an Alaska veteran's world," 16 May 2015

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First Known Use of halo

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halo

Noun

Latin halos, from Greek halōs threshing floor, disk, halo

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14 Sep 2020

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“Halo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halo. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for halo

halo

noun
How to pronounce halo- (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of halo

: a circle of light that is shown in a religious painting, drawing, etc., around the head of a holy figure (such as an angel, saint, or god)
: a bright circle seen around the sun or the moon

halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ ˈhā-lō How to pronounce halo (audio) \
plural halos or haloes

Kids Definition of halo

1 : a bright circle around the head of a person (as in a painting) that signifies holiness
2 : a circle of light around the sun or moon caused by tiny ice crystals in the air

halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ ˈhā-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce halo (audio) \
plural halos or haloes

Medical Definition of halo

1 : a circle of light appearing to surround a luminous body especially : one seen as the result of the presence of glaucoma
2 : a differentiated zone surrounding a central object the halo around a boil
3 : the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing
4 : an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest

called also halo brace

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