nimbus

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noun nim·bus \ˈnim-bəs\

Definition of nimbus

plural

nimbi

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nimbuses

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

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

  3. 3a :  a rain cloudb :  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

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NIMBUS Defined for English Language Learners

nimbus

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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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