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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 Then, last spring, a plan was made to bring some radiance back. New York Times, "Can Cute Windows Resurrect a Depressed Town in Upstate New York?," 29 Jan. 2021 This duo is our aftercare best friend, locking in and preserving the radiance of our nuanced and vibrant color techniques. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "The 17 Best Beauty Products of 2020, According to Fashion’s Top Hairstylists, Makeup Artists, and More," 7 Dec. 2020 Two-hundred-and-fifty years later, Bellini depicted him in a state of ecstatic transport, his arms open to receive an indefinable radiance that all but overwhelms him. Washington Post, "The drama is in the details," 13 Jan. 2021 This moisturizer promises to gently boost radiance with retinol-esque bakuchiol, malachite, barrier-fortifying ceramides, and plumping hyaluronic acid. Marci Robin, Allure, "Alicia Keys Released the First Three Keys Soulcare Products, and I Already Feel Calmer," 3 Dec. 2020 On Saturday, some leaves flamed scarlet in the radiance of the day. Washington Post, "A fine, bright day in Washington, but the curtain descends quickly," 29 Nov. 2020 Recognised for their powerful performance at the 2018 Grazia Beauty Awards, these capsules of anti-ageing elixir serve up the optimal daily amount of radiance-recovering retinol, aimed at helping reduce fine lines, dark spots and wrinkles. Laura Sutherland, CNN Underscored, "The best UK Black Friday deals," 26 Nov. 2020 Meanwhile, Donna rouses sentiments of change and new awakenings, and is suffused with the sensual radiance embodied by disco queen Summer. Harper's BAZAAR, "Richard Mille's New Watch Collection Is a Celebration of Female Empowerment," 9 Dec. 2020 There is much anxiety and ache to be found here—but also, when it is most needed, radiance, humor, love, and joy. The New Yorker, "The Best Books We Read in 2020," 1 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of radiance

1600, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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21 Feb 2021

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“Radiance.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiance. Accessed 25 Feb. 2021.

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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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