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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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 Charlotte then continued the beauty prep with the addition of Charlotte Tilbury Wonder Glow ($55) to give the models' skin a dewy radiance. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Charlotte Tilbury Shared the Makeup Used in This Year’s Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show," 8 Nov. 2018 There is an intangible radiance that comes from her. Dani Deahl, The Verge, "What’s in your bag, Jess Glynne?," 19 Oct. 2018 The seafoam green body oil gives skin a dewy radiance and is lightly scented with jasmine sambac from India and French sea kelp. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "These Mermaid-Inspired Products Want to Be a Part of Your World," 11 June 2018 Today, Rodin launches the Mermaid Collection, five products created specifically to give the body, face and lips glistening radiance. Marci Robin, Allure, "Rodin Launches a Mermaid Collection With Five New Glow-Inducing Beauty Products," 5 June 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 \

Kids Definition of radiance

: warm or vivid brightness

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