radiant

adjective
ra·​di·​ant | \ ˈrā-dē-ənt How to pronounce radiant (audio) \

Definition of radiant

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : 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
3a : emitted or transmitted by radiation
b : emitting or relating to radiant heat

radiant

noun

Definition of radiant (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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

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Other Words from radiant

Adjective

radiantly adverb

Synonyms for radiant

Synonyms: Adjective

aglow, beaming, bright, glowing, sunny

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Adjective

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

If the two movies had to compete in a beauty pageant, of course the judges would favor the contestant that was softer, nicer, more empathetic, less calculating, and radiant like the sun. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, "“Drop Dead Gorgeous,” Which Is Finally Streaming, Is Possibly My Favorite Movie of All Time," 5 July 2019 Indeed, his radiant smile belies the challenges of a young man who is progressively going blind and no longer has any night vision capacity. Phillip Morris, cleveland.com, "Retinitis pigmentosa stole his eyesight, not his vision: Phillip Morris," 30 June 2019 Visit during the Winter Lights Festival in February to see Hallgrímskirkja blanketed by a vibrant light installation, one of six buildings that transform into radiant works of art during the celebration. Rumela Basu, National Geographic, "Iceland’s tallest church was inspired by volcanoes," 27 June 2019 Read on for all the ways the pros avoid the sun; and keep in mind, these tips double as the list of reasons why your dermatologist's skin is so radiant. 1. Leah Prinzivalli, Allure, "How to Protect Your Skin From the Sun Like a Dermatologist This Summer," 12 June 2019 Competition for mates is fierce, and mostly won by the biggest and brightest: Male snouts, genitals and rumps are radiant hues of red, blue and purple. Bridget Alex, Discover Magazine, "A Primer to Our Planet of Monkeys," 12 June 2019 In another image, a little boy in shorts with a radiant smile runs home, a baguette under his arm. The New York Review of Books, "Carole Naggar," 25 May 2019 Here's how to plan a trip to this radiant destination. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "Here’s why everyone is going to Portugal now," 18 June 2019 Violet jacaranda trees and bougainvillea flowers of radiant pink and royal purple are in full bloom. Nevin Martell, Washington Post, "In central Mexico, a retreat that’s perfect for families," 14 June 2019

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First Known Use of radiant

Adjective

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

Noun

circa 1741, in the meaning defined above

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

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radiant

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of radiant

: having or showing an attractive quality of happiness, love, health, etc.
: bright and shining
technical : sent out from something in rays or waves that you cannot see

radiant

adjective
ra·​di·​ant | \ ˈrā-dē-ənt How to pronounce radiant (audio) \

Kids Definition of radiant

1 : giving out or reflecting rays of light the radiant sun
2 : glowing with love, confidence, or joy a radiant smile
3 : transmitted by radiation

radiant

adjective
ra·​di·​ant | \ ˈrād-ē-ənt How to pronounce radiant (audio) \

Medical Definition of radiant

1 : emitted or transmitted by radiation
2 : emitting or relating to radiant heat

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