halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ ˈhā-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce halo (audio) \
plural halos or haloes

Definition of halo

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a circle of light appearing to surround the sun or moon and resulting from refraction or reflection of light by ice particles in the atmosphere
2 : something resembling a halo: such as
a : nimbus
b : a region of space surrounding a galaxy that is sparsely populated with luminous objects (such as globular clusters) but is believed to contain a great deal of dark matter
c : a differentiated zone surrounding a central zone or object
d or halo brace : an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest
3 : the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing

halo

verb
haloed; haloing; haloes

Definition of halo (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to form into or surround with a halo rainbows haloed the waterfalls— Michael Crawford

Definition of halo- (Entry 3 of 3)

— see hal-

Examples of halo in a Sentence

Noun the halo of unimpeachable honesty in which the politician had long basked a naturalistic depiction of Saint Peter that shows him as a humble fisherman and without the traditional halo
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In fact, the majority of a galactic cluster is an immense halo of dark matter and a cloud of gas known as the intra-cluster medium. Joshua Hawkins, BGR, 21 June 2022 At the Baltimore hospital, neurosurgeon Dr. Graeme F. Woodworth and medical staff secured Miller’s head with a metal halo and screws. Meredith Cohn, Baltimore Sun, 31 Aug. 2022 The car lacks the dihedral doors found on other McLaren hypercars, instead replacing them with a sliding canopy that incorporates a Formula 1-style halo cockpit protection device. Bryan Hood, Robb Report, 22 Aug. 2022 The saint’s gilded armor and halo had been built up with the delicate application of gesso pastiglia, or paste-work, atop which the artist had layered paint and gold leaf, creating a glimmering, three-dimensional relief. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 9 June 2022 This phenomenon looks like a very large halo and is only visible in cirrus clouds, which are made out of ice crystals and look wispy. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, 12 Aug. 2022 Soft blue lights formed a near-halo on the stage as fog swirled, creating a delicate moment as cellphone flashlights went up throughout the amphitheater. Chloe Mcgowan, The Indianapolis Star, 12 Aug. 2022 Frizzy, dry, unruly hair is transformed into a manageable halo of shine and lushness with the help of YouthLock Treatment Masque, releasing a brand-new breath of vibrant hair. Emerald Elitou, Essence, 11 Aug. 2022 For the more-is-more bride, a double-diamond halo with round sapphire stone fits perfectly. Frances Solá-santiago, refinery29.com, 10 Aug. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The larger ones are steeply mountainous, volcanic, rising to almost 6,000 feet, their summits haloed in clouds. Stanley Stewart, Condé Nast Traveler, 22 May 2020 There is a none-too-subtle mystical vibe, from the ring lights that halo the massive trees on Amaya’s Bay Area campus to Forest’s cult-leader magnetism and the cold-burn fervor of his head acolyte, Katie (a quietly terrifying Alison Pill). James Poniewozik, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 Nine, the new album from Blink-182, a band forever associated with adolescence even though the members’ mean age is now 44, arrives haloed in that great teenage emotion: embarrassment. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, 20 Sep. 2019 The landlady remains a cipher, and yet a faint aspect of loss haloes her. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 21 Aug. 2019 Turner’s head is haloed by the sun, much like the moon during a solar eclipse. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, 4 May 2018 At the time, Mikey was recovering from being neutered and was haloed by a large plastic dog cone around his neck. Marc Lester, adn.com, 16 May 2015 See More

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First Known Use of halo

Noun

1603, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1801, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for halo

Noun

Latin halos, from Greek halōs threshing floor, disk, halo

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15 Sep 2022

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“Halo.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/halo. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for halo

halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ ˈhā-lō How to pronounce halo (audio) \
plural halos or haloes

Kids Definition of halo

1 : a bright circle around the head of a person (as in a painting) that signifies holiness
2 : a circle of light around the sun or moon caused by tiny ice crystals in the air

halo

noun
ha·​lo | \ ˈhā-(ˌ)lō How to pronounce halo (audio) \
plural halos or haloes

Medical Definition of halo

1 : a circle of light appearing to surround a luminous body especially : one seen as the result of the presence of glaucoma
2 : a differentiated zone surrounding a central object the halo around a boil
3 : the aura of glory, veneration, or sentiment surrounding an idealized person or thing
4 : an orthopedic device used to immobilize the head and neck (as to treat fracture of neck vertebrae) that consists of a metal band placed around the head and fastened to the skull usually with metal pins and that is attached by extensions to an inflexible vest

called also halo brace

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