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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This cream accomplishes the hydration and radiance of skin without the sticky feeling. Asia Milia Ware, Teen Vogue, "The Moisturizer Kim Kardashian’s Makeup Artist Swears By Lives Up To The Hype," 19 Apr. 2019 Just look to Kate Upton, who proved that a radiance worthy of July's balmiest nights is a welcome—and organic—side effect of pregnancy. Calin Van Paris, Vogue, "How Kate Upton is Taking Her Pregnancy Glow to the Next Level," 23 July 2018 Since the experience, my usual redness has disappeared, enabling me to skip foundation, and there’s still a radiance about my skin that wasn’t there before. Jillian Ruffo, PEOPLE.com, "We Tried It: The $650 'Penis Facial' That Sandra Bullock and Cate Blanchett Swear By," 17 May 2018 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

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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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