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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Recent Examples on the Web But the current of progress—teeming with color and radiance, with a belief in a more equitable world—rages and rages. Wired, "Depth of Field: The Queer Rights Movement Faces Down the Supreme Court," 10 Oct. 2019 Shrink them down to microscopic proportions by removing impurities with this double-duty face mask that clears up congestion while restoring radiance and suppleness. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "The Compact," 10 Oct. 2019 In the blink of an eye their hearts and minds glow with the radiance of transcendent knowing. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "After 2 years in the making, Blink is back. Here's what it took to put it all together," 9 Oct. 2019 That’s the real daring and radiance of Mladen Antonov’s playful photo illusion taken from a scene at RaWai Beach on Phuket island. Wired, "Depth of Field: When Photographs Turn the Real Into the Surreal," 3 Oct. 2019 Thanks to Montez, Gorgeous’ highlighter sculpts her cheek to show off its radiance in the sunlight. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Beauty YouTuber Gigi Gorgeous Is Married — & No, She Didn't Do Her Own Makeup," 15 July 2019 Top off and secure your curls with a lightweight serum to boost hair radiance—like Mon Shampooing Sublime Serum ($46; amazon.com)—and a curl-friendly mousse, like Moroccanoil Beach Wave Mousse ($11; amazon.com). Susan Brickell, Health.com, "Selena Gomez Is Embracing Her Natural Curls for Fall—and We Have Stylist Tips to Get Her Look," 16 Sep. 2019 As the sunlight crept through the windows of Beetz’ Lower East Side suite, the glare revealed her radiance and natural beauty–which became the topic of discussion. Jennifer Ford, Essence, "Zazie Beetz On Natural Beauty And The Products That Make Her Skin Glow," 30 Aug. 2019 Cole & Dickson Installed at the BlackRock Center for the Arts just in time for hurricane season, Frank Cole’s collage-paintings present a vision of radiance and disaster. Mark Jenkins, Washington Post, "In the galleries: ‘Habitats’ at Target Gallery showcases the nature of creativity," 6 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of radiance

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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8 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Radiance.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiance. Accessed 15 December 2019.

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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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delight or enjoyment

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