ra·​di·​ance ˈrā-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce radiance (audio)
: the quality or state of being radiant
: a deep pink
: the flux density of radiant energy per unit solid angle and per unit projected area of radiating surface

Examples of radiance in a Sentence

She had a youthful radiance about her. Her face glowed with radiance. the radiance of the rising sun
Recent Examples on the Web The blueberry, turmeric, and white tea contribute to improving skin texture, while the prebiotics and probiotics help replenish to nourish and boost your skin’s radiance. Wendy Vazquez, Southern Living, 27 Nov. 2023 Over the centuries, that radiance periodically dimmed. Holland Cotter, New York Times, 16 Nov. 2023 Red light is ideal for restoring skin vitality and radiance. Marie Bladt, Vogue, 13 Nov. 2023 This thick eye cream adds a burst of nourishment to the under-eye skin, helping to replenish dry skin and add a touch of radiance. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 This serum promises to revitalize your skin, reducing fine lines and boosting radiance. Theresa Johnson, Rolling Stone, 10 Nov. 2023 The pop-rock tune—performed by a Grammy Award winning singer with a section featuring Modi speaking about the prosperity and radiance of millet—extols the virtues of an ancient grain that has been cultivated in Asia and Africa for thousands of years. Rajesh Roy, WSJ, 20 Oct. 2023 In addition to its immediate effects, the eye cream also works over time to brighten dark circles and improve skin radiance with its inclusion of synergistic peptides and antioxidant-rich blueberry extract. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 4 Nov. 2023 The image shows streamers and wisps of gas strewn across the Orion nebula and energized by the star’s radiance. Phil Plait, Scientific American, 20 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of radiance was in 1600

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“Radiance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiance. Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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ra·​di·​ance ˈrād-ē-ən(t)s How to pronounce radiance (audio)
: the quality or state of being radiant

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