ir·​i·​des·​cent | \ ˌir-ə-ˈde-sᵊnt How to pronounce iridescent (audio) \

Definition of iridescent

: having or exhibiting iridescence

Other Words from iridescent

iridescently adverb

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Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow, took messages from Mount Olympus to earth, and from gods to mortals or other gods, using the rainbow as her stairway. Iridescence is thus the glowing, shifting, colorful quality of a rainbow, also seen in an opal, a light oil slick, a butterfly wing, or the mother-of-pearl that lines an oyster shell.

Examples of iridescent in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In Missoma’s new 38-piece collection, iridescent pearls and organic shapes are front and center. The Editors, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2022 The band members are in synch in performance and in costume, with members wearing black with iridescent purple metallic accents. Izzy Colón, SPIN, 18 Apr. 2022 Expect to be greeted with buttery, high-impact highlighters, iridescent liquid eye shadows, and high-shine lip glosses. Jennifer Hussein, Allure, 17 Apr. 2022 The adult is brownish-gray with brown wing covers and a very slightly iridescent silvery underbody. Rita Perwich, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Apr. 2022 The Korean-Australian singer wore a strapless knee-length dress covered in iridescent crystals, with a sheer skirt and black fringe on the hem, finishing the look with sheer tights and black platform ankle boots. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Mar. 2022 Favrile glass is a type of iridescent art glass created by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Kyle Roderick, Forbes, 25 Mar. 2022 The duo is also dressed in matching iridescent corsets shaped like seashells that add to the under-the-sea scenery — nay, seanery. Jennet Jusu, Allure, 24 Mar. 2022 One such species is the Hawaiian crow, an iridescent black corvid ​​that was once abundant throughout the islands but is now extinct in the wild. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of iridescent

1796, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for iridescent

Greek īrid-, îris "rainbow, iridescent halo around the moon, a flame, etc." + -escent — more at iris entry 1

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“Iridescent.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for iridescent


ir·​i·​des·​cent | \ ˌir-ə-ˈde-sᵊnt How to pronounce iridescent (audio) \

Kids Definition of iridescent

: having iridescence


ir·​i·​des·​cent | \ ˌir-ə-ˈdes-ᵊnt How to pronounce iridescent (audio) \

Medical Definition of iridescent

: having or exhibiting a display of colors producing rainbow effects

Other Words from iridescent

iridescence \ -​ᵊn(t)s How to pronounce iridescent (audio) \ noun

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