nimbus

noun nim·bus \ ˈnim-bəs \
|Updated on: 30 Jun 2018
plural nimbi play \ˈnim-ˌbī, -ˌbē\ or nimbuses
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 : an indication (such as a circle) of radiant light or glory about the head of a drawn or sculptured divinity, saint, or sovereign
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

nimbus Synonyms

Synonyms

aureole (or aureola), glory, halo;

Related Words

starburst, sunburst;

aura, corona;

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NIMBUS Defined for English Language Learners

nimbus

  • : a circle of light


NIMBUS Defined for Kids

nimbus

noun nim·bus \ ˈnim-bəs \
plural nimbi \-ˌbī\ or nimbuses
: a rain cloud


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