nimbus

noun
nim·​bus | \ ˈnim-bəs How to pronounce nimbus (audio) \
plural nimbi\ ˈnim-​ˌbī How to pronounce nimbus (audio) , -​ˌbē \ or nimbuses

Definition of nimbus

1a : 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 : an indication (such as a circle) of radiant light or glory about the head of a drawn or sculptured divinity, saint, or sovereign
3a : a rain cloud

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Examples of nimbus in a Sentence

fans are inevitably disappointed when the nimbus of glamour about their favorite celebrity turns out to be an illusion the nimbi for the sculpted figures around the exterior of the church are simple disks about the saints' heads
Recent Examples on the Web That's maybe the blessing and the curse of Plaza: the fact that the couple's real-life union subsumes the play or at least hovers above and around it in nearly every moment, a golden nimbus of celebrity. Leah Greenblatt, EW.com, 1 Apr. 2022 Although the ambiguity dissipates in the measures that follow, a nimbus of uncertainty persists. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2022 They were time-stamped by their hair styles and clothing as citizens of the 1970s and ’80s, but they were made eternal by their direct gazes, formal poses and the nimbus of light with which Ms. Rivera surrounded them. New York Times, 4 June 2021 They were time-stamped by their hairstyles and clothing as citizens of the 1970s and ’80s, but they were made eternal by their direct gazes, formal poses and the nimbus of light with which Ms. Rivera surrounded them. BostonGlobe.com, 4 June 2021 In the mid-distance, a lone couple strolls under a nimbus of pink cherry blossoms. Washington Post, 31 Mar. 2021 In any case, Ms. Morris continued with her writing life much as before, only wearing skirts, necklaces, a nimbus of graying hair and a perpetual smile. Washington Post, 20 Nov. 2020 So restaurants trying to expand their borders are going to have to build some kind of nimbus of infrastructure to minimize the picnic-in-the-rain vibe. Adam Rogers, Wired, 17 June 2020 Rather than the classic solitaire prong setting, Nuvola has a nimbus of pavé diamonds around the central stone, producing a balance of gold to stone in the circular design. Jessica Bumpus, New York Times, 10 Feb. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of nimbus

1606, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for nimbus

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

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9 Apr 2022

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“Nimbus.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/nimbus. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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nimbus

noun
nim·​bus | \ ˈnim-bəs How to pronounce nimbus (audio) \
plural nimbi\ -​ˌbī \ or nimbuses

Kids Definition of nimbus

: a rain cloud

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