ra·​di·​ance | \ ˈrā-dē-ən(t)s How to pronounce radiance (audio) \

Definition of radiance

1 : the quality or state of being radiant
2 : a deep pink
3 : the flux density of radiant energy per unit solid angle and per unit projected area of radiating surface

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Examples of radiance in a Sentence

She had a youthful radiance about her. Her face glowed with radiance. the radiance of the rising sun
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The look: Shinier than a satin finish, semigloss is known for its radiance. Hadley Mendelsohn, House Beautiful, "A Paint Expert's Simple Guide to Choosing the Right Paint Finish," 4 Mar. 2019 Stargazers have observed Venus’s vivid radiance for thousands of years. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What the Position of Venus in Your Birth Chart Means for You," 31 July 2018 Katy Perry, Charlize Theron, and other cele-beauties happily drop $405 on the Ultimate Total Body Hydra-Dermabrasion Resurfacing treatment (a major radiance booster) at the Ole Henriksen Face/Body Spa in Los Angeles. Cristina Mueller, Redbook, "A DIY Recipe for Sexy Skin," 3 June 2011 The texture also allows you to easily combine it with a matte liquid foundation to instantly turn it into a luminous one and give your skin an all-over radiance without making your face look too dewy. Devon Abelman, Allure, "Exclusive: Farsali Is Dropping Two New Jelly Beam Highlighter Shades," 21 May 2018 Exposing skin to these harsh elements—and then entering into heat from the cold—tends to strip our skin of moisture and radiance. Taylor Lane, SELF, "7 Gorgeous New Face Oils for Glowing Skin All Winter," 14 Dec. 2018 Cultivate your natural, earthy radiance with Kora Organics Noni Glow Face Oil, an all-natural moisturizing oil that replenishes your skin through healthy and organic ingredients. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Taurus Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 Along with a confident stance and a lit-from-within radiance, Williams's accessory functioned as a simple means of glowing-up, and offered a emulatable look primed for copycats—on and off the court. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Serena Williams Makes the Case for Red Carpet Hair on the Tennis Court," 24 Aug. 2018 Allowing her skin's radiance to shine through, Markle kept makeup minimal, reaching for rosy blush tones, a dab of light pink lip gloss—and let nature do the rest. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Meghan Markle Debuts Her Bump—And a Royal Pregnancy Glow—In Sydney," 16 Oct. 2018

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First Known Use of radiance

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of radiance

: a quality of brightness and happiness that can be seen on a person's face
: a warm, soft light that shines from something


ra·​di·​ance | \ ˈrā-dē-əns How to pronounce radiance (audio) \

Kids Definition of radiance

: warm or vivid brightness

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an act or instance of returning to life

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