radiant

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adjective

ra·​di·​ant ˈrā-dē-ənt How to pronounce radiant (audio)
1
a
: radiating rays or reflecting beams of light
b
: vividly bright and shining : glowing
2
: marked by or expressive of love, confidence, or happiness
a radiant smile
3
a
: emitted or transmitted by radiation
b
: emitting or relating to radiant heat
radiantly adverb

radiant

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noun

: something that radiates: such as
a
: a point in the heavens at which the visible paths of meteors appear to meet when traced backward
b
: the part of a gas or electric heater that becomes incandescent
Choose the Right Synonym for radiant

bright, brilliant, radiant, luminous, lustrous mean shining or glowing with light.

bright implies emitting or reflecting a high degree of light.

brilliant implies intense often sparkling brightness.

radiant stresses the emission or seeming emission of rays of light.

luminous implies emission of steady, suffused, glowing light by reflection or in surrounding darkness.

lustrous stresses an even, rich light from a surface that reflects brightly without glittering.

Examples of radiant in a Sentence

Adjective She had a radiant inner glow. She looked radiant at her wedding.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Rotating seats and coach doors have been done before on other vehicles, but the radiant heating in the floor and the complete lack of a B-pillar are ambitious indeed. Alex Kwanten, Forbes, 28 Mar. 2024 With regular use, our skin texture improved and our complexion appeared more radiant than before. Jessie Quinn, Peoplemag, 25 Mar. 2024 Here, the radiant septuagenarian shares the daily routine behind her glow. Beth Sobol, Allure, 10 Mar. 2024 Her radiant smile could light up the darkest room, and her sassy responses never failed to bring laughter and joy. Elizabeth Ayoola, Essence, 27 Mar. 2024 Kylie Jenner Joined by Mom Kris Jenner and Sister Khloé Kardashian at Launch Party for New Vodka Soda Drink Kylie styled her black hair in loose waves and kept her radiant glam to a glowy base and a plump mauve pink lip. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Within that area, in cloud-free conditions, the afternoon sun will appear as a radiant white ring suspended in a deep-violet sky: a total solar eclipse. Marina Koren, The Atlantic, 21 Mar. 2024 McGegan, Chanticleer, SSV Conductor Nicholas McGegan’s return to lead the Cantata Collective in three Bach masterworks; radiant vocals; and film music in concert top this weekend’s classical music calendar, which has delights for every audience. Randy McMullen, The Mercury News, 20 Mar. 2024 The banner, in the afternoon sunlight, almost looked radiant. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 18 Mar. 2024
Noun
Skywatchers in the northern hemisphere are in for a real treat since the radiant of this shower is situated very far north in the sky. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 27 Dec. 2023 Where to look for the meteor shower The Eta Aquarids' radiant is lower in the sky in the Northern Hemisphere in the springtime, compared to the Southern Hemisphere. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 5 May 2023 The meteors will appear to come from a small area in the sky, known as the radiant. Alex Chun, Smithsonian Magazine, 14 Apr. 2023 The Perseid radiant lies on the border between Cassiopeia and Perseus, with the latter constellation giving its name to the shower. Rich Talcott, Discover Magazine, 10 Aug. 2015 Radiant: Alternatively, radiant heaters send out radiant heat waves, which are absorbed into objects within the room. Camryn Rabideau, Peoplemag, 3 Mar. 2023 Ultra fine shimmer particles ensure that all four shades of this powder highlighter leave you looking radiant, not disco-ready. April Long, Town & Country, 26 Jan. 2023 Reign, the actor cast as Kelsa, reads as a radiant, self-confident young woman who has already figured out most of the answers, which isn’t at all the way the character seems to have been written by Ximena García Lecuona. Peter Debruge, Variety, 14 July 2022 Together, these ingredients leave my often flushed, combination skin looking radiant and noticeably less red. Rebecca Norris Updated, Peoplemag, 5 Jan. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of radiant was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Radiant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/radiant. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

radiant

adjective
ra·​di·​ant
ˈrād-ē-ənt
1
a
: giving out or reflecting light
a radiant jewel
b
: vividly bright and gleaming
2
: glowing with love, confidence, or happiness
a radiant smile
3
: transmitted by radiation
radiant heat
radiantly adverb

Medical Definition

radiant

adjective
ra·​di·​ant ˈrād-ē-ənt How to pronounce radiant (audio)
1
: emitted or transmitted by radiation
2
: emitting or relating to radiant heat

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