ra·​di·​ance | \ ˈrā-dē-ən(t)s \

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 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 Her porcelain face, its features so strikingly similar to those of the Dutch Golden Age, reflects the radiance of her headdresses like Vermeer’s Girl’s mirrored her earring, but the overall effect is less of warmth than of hard truth. Gabriella Fuller, ELLE Decor, "Photographer Hendrik Kerstens Is a Modern Day Dutch Master," 16 Oct. 2018 The actress's freckles and natural radiance are all out to play, and judging by the pose, Union is feeling herself. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "Gabrielle Union Shows Some Skin in a Makeup-Free Selfie," 10 Sep. 2018 On another note, in the spirit of the imminent holidays, our Grace Kelly issue had some sound advice for getting through the party season with radiance and aplomb. Leena Kim, Town & Country, "T&C Family Album: Grace Kelly," 12 Dec. 2013

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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 \

Kids Definition of radiance

: warm or vivid brightness

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to express emotion in a dramatic way

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