plural -s
: a bright light around the shadow of a person's head (as on a field or lawn) caused by diffraction and reflection of sunlight by dewdrops

Word History


German, literally, halo, from heiliger saint (from heilig holy, from Old High German heilag) + schein shine, light, from Old High German scīn; akin to Old High German skīnan to shine

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“Heiligenschein.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/heiligenschein. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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