halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ˈhā-(ˌ)lō \
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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From the Los Angeles design studio Commune comes a clever ruse: a terra cotta disc, designed to hold scented oil, that nestles like a halo on a lightbulb, sending unseen wafts into the air. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "10 Utterly Perfect Home Fragrances for the Holiday Hostess with the Mostest," 20 Nov. 2018 Think of this as the pink version of Kate Middleton's sapphire with a diamond halo, that once belonged to Princess Diana. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lady Gaga's Engagement Ring is the Pink Version of Kate Middleton's," 17 Oct. 2018 As a result, any bacteria that carried a variant form of the enzyme that digested the protein would end up surrounded by a clear, colorless halo. John Timmer, Ars Technica, "Nobel awarded for using Darwin’s ideas to make antibodies and catalysts," 3 Oct. 2018 Others used their heads as anchors for hair accessories such as gilded halos and papal-style headgear. Melissa Magsaysay, latimes.com, "At the Met Gala, stars show off their saintly side with classic looks. Here are 6 major beauty trends," 8 May 2018 While the halo surrounding the tech sector has been dimming, Pew found that Americans still believe that innovations flowing out of Silicon Valley are generally more helpful than hurtful, particularly when thinking about their personal use. Katy Steinmetz, Time, "Americans Believe Tech Companies Are Censoring Political Views, New Poll Finds," 28 June 2018 The halo brow, the brainchild of 16-year-old Hannah Lyne — aka @hannahdoesmakeupp — took inspiration from one of this year's brow trends on Instagram. Lauren Adhav, Cosmopolitan, "These Heavenly "Halo Brows" Are Strangely Beautiful," 6 Mar. 2018 In the photo, Stefani stared at the camera with the sunshine beaming behind her, creating a halo-like effect. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "Gwen Stefani Shows Off Her Natural Beauty as She Wears a Rare Minimal Makeup Look," 19 June 2018 In a gallery posted by TMZ, a chalk portrait of X with a halo is drawn on the pavement, along with loving messages and candles. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "XXXTentacion Fans Create Memorial at Florida Shooting Scene," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 \
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 \
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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