halo

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noun

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

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verb

haloed; haloing; haloes

transitive verb

: to form into or surround with a halo
rainbows haloed the waterfallsMichael Crawford

halo-

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combining form

see hal-

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
But not everyone sees such a halo above the head of the au pair arrangement. Chas Newkey-Burden, The Week Uk, theweek, 18 Apr. 2024 Its oval back piece frames Newton’s head like an oversize halo. Lucy McKeon, New York Times, 3 June 2024
Verb
Is the Milky Way’s dark matter halo a smooth schmear? Joshua Sokol, Quanta Magazine, 29 Aug. 2023 White dreads halo his dark, handsome face. Kathleen Ann Goonan, Discover Magazine, 10 Oct. 2012 See all Example Sentences for halo 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

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

First Known Use

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1801, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of halo was in 1603

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Cite this Entry

“Halo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halo. Accessed 23 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

halo

noun
ha·​lo
ˈhā-lō
plural halos or haloes
1
: a circle of light around the sun or moon caused by the presence of tiny ice crystals in the air
2
3
: the atmosphere of glory or sentiment surrounding a person or thing considered perfect

Medical Definition

halo

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