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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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 The concealers are formulated with pearl pigments that allegedly brighten skin tone and add a touch of radiance to matte makeup. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "CoverGirl Launched a New Foundation Line With 40 Shades," 17 May 2018 Honeyed lengths run through with long layers were worn loose to graze her waistline, while an allover infusion of bronzer provided a head-to-toe radiance worthy of a heat wave. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "Jennifer Lopez Proves She Still Has the Best Abs in Hollywood," 9 July 2018 Everything claims to enhance radiance and luminosity. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "A Celebrity Dermatologist’s Science-Based Skin-Care Routine," 12 July 2018 Talent this manifold is too miraculous to deconstruct, but there is at the heart of McDonald's art a moral radiance, a desire to align beauty with truth and justice. Charles Mcnulty, latimes.com, "Audra McDonald soars in her stirring tour through the American musical," 21 May 2018 His playing connected the flaying fireworks of John McLaughlin with the glossier radiance of 1980s stars like Mike Stern. New York Times, "13 Pop, Rock and Jazz Concerts to Check Out in N.Y.C. This Weekend," 28 June 2018 In Hall’s hands, a word like memory, which could so easily be a cliché in a poem, takes on an unusual radiance. Walt Hunter, The Atlantic, "Remembering Donald Hall, a Poet of Love and Loss," 27 June 2018 Happily the affecting radiance of Andreas Kaas and Ida Praetorius suggested why the Royal Danish Ballet claims a special spot near the top of international ballet. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "A Mixed Bill With Varied Results," 22 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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