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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Bands can be as simple as a metal ring, or as grand as a diamond halo band. Colleen Banks, Harper's BAZAAR, "How Much to Spend—and Where to Save—When Shopping for an Engagement Ring," 12 June 2019 First, clouds of dark matter coalesce into relatively dense dark-matter haloes. Quanta Magazine, "Strange Dark Galaxy Puzzles Astrophysicists," 27 Sep. 2016 Towards the end of the article, Anas questions the benefits all the Chip-and-Jo halo may have, as some fans of the show may wind up disappointed, stressed, and financially burdened throughout the renovation process. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Have Chip and Joanna Gaines Totally Changed the Way We Buy Homes?," 6 June 2019 Dusty factories were whistling continually, the wagon wheel gained a halo. Carolyn Kellogg, latimes.com, "Rediscovering Clarice Lispector, the Brazilian author who blurs the lines of dreams," 13 June 2019 The possibility of stains, a red halo around your mouth vicinity, and suggestive slurping noises—all too high. Alex Beggs, Bon Appétit, "23 Date-Friendly Foods, According to Me," 4 June 2019 But astronomers argued that these halos didn’t form galaxies. Quanta Magazine, "Missing Galaxies? Now There’s Too Many," 9 Jan. 2019 This creates a glowing halo that floats around the forest with remarkable rhythm. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, "Fireflies Are Bringing A Rare Light Show To The Mountains This Month," 10 May 2019 The ring itself, which was presented to Colton by ABC late night host Jimmy Kimmel, is a a square-cut, three-carat diamond which is set in a platinum band and surrounded by a double halo made of 162 smaller brilliant-cut diamonds. Kayleigh Roberts, Marie Claire, "Why Colton Underwood Is Returning the First Engagement Ring He Got for Cassie Randolph," 31 Mar. 2019

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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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