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

Styled by Vogue Brazil’s fashion director, Pedro Sales, who joined her for a few pre-show selfies, Sato looked radiant bedecked with glittering jewels, including Bulgari chandelier earrings and a Tiffany and Co. ring. Janelle Okwodu, Vogue, "This Brazilian TV Star Just Took Tomo Koizumi’s Larger-Than-Life Designs to the Red Carpet," 25 Mar. 2019 Matching her electric blue, strapless Calvin Klein by Appointment dress with sparkles throughout to her bold blue mascara, Nyong'o looks radiant before headed to the Golden Globes red carpet. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 So the makeup artist had to devise a way to make the girls look radiant without any obvious-looking shimmer on the skin. Sophia Panych, Allure, "Victoria's Secret Fashion Show 2018: Why Charlotte Tilbury Didn't Use Highlighter on the Angels," 8 Nov. 2018 The improved circulation means more nutrients and oxygen reach your tissues, and your skin looks all the more radiant because of it. Emma Sarran Webster, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Received an Infrared Sauna for Her Birthday," 13 Nov. 2018 The 7,028-yard layout has tons of variety, beautiful bunkering, a cool stadium hole on the first tee and a picturesque 18th hole that’s radiant at sunset. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Top 10 metro Detroit public golf courses for 2018," 6 July 2018 At the end of the day, achieving the radiant glow of your dreams is all about having a skin-first, makeup-second mindset. Maya Allen, Marie Claire, "Beyoncé's Makeup Artist Says These Will Be the Coolest Makeup Trends of 2019," 23 Jan. 2019 Padma Lakshmi always looks has a radiant glow, but for a long time, the Indian-American star struggled to find makeup that complemented her skin tone. Kaitlyn Frey, PEOPLE.com, "Padma Lakshmi's M.A.C Line Is Inspired By a Lifetime Struggle to Find Makeup for Her Skin Tone," 12 Mar. 2018 Designers Mike Eckhaus and Zoe Latta had once again gathered longtime friends and collaborators—Holli Smith, orchestrating the soft-focus hair; a radiant Paloma Elsesser, slated to close the show—but today there was a new face in the crowd. Laura Regensdorf, Vogue, "Eckhaus Latta Brings Back the Airbrush With Painterly Color-Clash Makeup," 9 Feb. 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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