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

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Her jewelry — particularly the sapphire drop earrings and sapphire ring with a crystal halo — added a glamorous and regal pop of color to the otherwise champagne-and-white ensemble. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Elle Fanning Wore a Tulle Cape to the Cannes Film Festival Closing Ceremony," 25 May 2019 Astronomers now think that nearly all galaxies—with possible exceptions—are embedded in huge haloes of dark matter. National Geographic, "https://www.nationalgeographic.com/science/space/universe/galaxies.html," 17 Apr. 2019 It was discovered in 2005, suspiciously close to the LMC, in the halo of the Milky Way. Joshua Sokol, Science | AAAS, "One of the Milky Way’s fastest stars is an invader from another galaxy," 8 May 2018 The pizza would be the Milky Way disk; the air and dust inside the balloon would be the stars in the halo. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "Found: Oldest known stars in our galaxy," 22 July 2019 The imagery was complete with Amaya in brown robes, a halo, and other traditional religious iconography reserved for prominent figures. Patrick Brennan, Cincinnati.com, "FC Cincinnati's Frankie Amaya: Despite remarkable rise, home is never far from his mind," 14 June 2019 For example, in Ancient Greece, deities were depicted in paintings with golden halos and locks—an association with the sun gods that sparked a movement in which people dyed their hair yellow as a means to feel closer to celestial beings. Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "How Color in Fashion Has Been Used Throughout History To Display Political Solidarity," 14 May 2019 Shirts can be printed quickly and in vibrant color, often with photographs surrounded by angel wings or a halo. Rachel Siegel, Washington Post, "Where gun violence abounds, honoring loved ones with ‘Rest in Peace’ shirts," 10 Aug. 2019 The red giant star is 35,000 light-years from Earth, in the Milky Way's halo. Ashley Strickland, CNN, "Ancient star discovery sheds light on Big Bang mystery," 1 Aug. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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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halo

noun

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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