Definition of nimbus
nimbiplay \ˈnim-ˌbī, -ˌbē\ or
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 : an indication (such as a circle) of radiant light or glory about the head of a drawn or sculptured divinity, saint, or sovereign
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 of nimbus from the Web
Sarah Menkedick | Longreads | May 2017 | 15 minutes (3,743 words) Meg first appeared to me as a nimbus of curly red hair, looming above my top bunk late at night.
A tale of an insular populace that doesn’t think twice before opening its arms to an international throng of strangers automatically acquires a near-utopian nimbus.
Even as figs continue to pelt the ground, the first to fall have begun to rot and are enveloped in a nimbus of diaphanous white fungus.
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NIMBUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of nimbus for English Language Learners
: a circle of light
NIMBUS Defined for Kids
Definition of nimbus for Students
: a rain cloud
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