nimbus

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noun nim·bus \ˈnim-bəs\

Definition of nimbus

plural

nimbi

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nimbuses

  1. 1 a :  a luminous vapor, cloud, or atmosphere about a god or goddess when on earth b :  a cloud or atmosphere (as of romance) about a person or thing

  2. 2 :  an indication (as a circle) of radiant light or glory about the head of a drawn or sculptured divinity, saint, or sovereign

  3. 3 a :  a rain cloud b :  thunderhead; also :  cumulus 2

Examples of nimbus in a sentence

  1. <fans are inevitably disappointed when the nimbus of glamour about their favorite celebrity turns out to be an illusion>

  2. <the nimbi for the sculpted figures around the exterior of the church are simple disks about the saints' heads>

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Origin and Etymology of nimbus

Latin, rainstorm, cloud; probably akin to Latin nebula cloud — more at nebula


First Known Use: 1616

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NIMBUS Defined for English Language Learners

nimbus

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noun nim·bus \ˈnim-bəs\

Definition of nimbus for English Language Learners

  • : a circle of light


NIMBUS Defined for Kids

nimbus

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noun nim·bus \ˈnim-bəs\

Definition of nimbus for Students

plural

nimbi

\-ˌbī\ or

nimbuses

  1. :  a rain cloud


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