Definition of limn
limningplay \ˈli-miŋ, ˈlim-niŋ\
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Examples of limn in a Sentence
he limned the scene in the courtroom so perfectly I could practically see it
Recent Examples of limn from the Web
Fun Home’ tour Based on cartoonist Alison Bechdel’s graphic novel of the same name, this musical (book and lyrics by Lisa Kron, music by Jeanine Tesori) limns Bechdel’s troubled relationship with her father.
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Did You Know?
Allow us to shed some light on the history of "limn," a word with lustrous origins. "Limn" traces to the Middle French verb enluminer and ultimately to the Latin illuminare, which means "to illuminate." Its use as an English verb dates from the days of Middle English; at first, "limn" referred to the action of illuminating (that is, decorating) medieval manuscripts with gold, silver, or brilliant colors. William Shakespeare extended the term to painting in his poem Venus and Adonis: "Look when a painter would surpass the life / In limning out a well-proportioned steed . . . ."
Origin and Etymology of limn
Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare
First Known Use: 1592See Words from the same year
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