American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A circle of light or radiance surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo.
- n. Astronomy See corona.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A luminous emanation or cloud surrounding a figure or an object; an aureola.
- To surround or invest with an aureole.
- n. The zone of contact-metamorphism about an intrusive igneous mass. It is equivalent to *contact-zone.
- n. astronomy Corona.
- n. A circle of light or halo around the head of a deity or a saint
- n. by extension Any luminous or colored ring that encircles something.
- n. an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
- n. the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse
- From Old French aureole, from Medieval Latin aureola (corona) ("golden (crown)"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Late Latin (corōna) aureola, golden (crown), feminine of Latin aureolus, golden, from aureus, from aurum, gold. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Outside the aureole are the symbols of the four Evangelists: the Angel of St. Matthew and the Eagle of St. John one on each side above the Winged Lion of St. Mark and the Ox of St. Luke similarly placed below.”
“Far off and far up there was a glow of rosy light, and within the aureole was her face, full of sorrow, looking at me with pity in every feature.”
“The aureole, that is the halo which surrounds an entire figure, naturally takes the shape of an oval, though if it is used for a bust, it readily resumes the circular form.”
“For the virgins shall have the crown that is called aureole, they only shall sing the new song, they shall be clad with vestments of the same with Jesu Christ, and joy always with him, and they shall follow always the Lamb.”
“The single greatest problem posed by Black's appearance on screen today is a phenomenon sometimes referred to as the aureole of anachronistic atrociousness, whereby people who did not always suck are surrounded by a glimmering halo of barely visible non-sucking that evokes vague memories of the time when they were not fully fledged enemies of the people.”
“It gave to her a kind of aureole, as if her beauty shed a lustre round her.”
“A more usual name is "aureole", which in a restricted sense means an oval or elliptical ray of light like a medallion.”
“Infant Jesus, as you pleased, but the sculptor had adorned the head with a kind of aureole; and so the fanatics declared that it was a mocking of God.”
“The child might be a Cupid or an Infant Jesus, as you pleased, but the sculptor had adorned the head with a kind of aureole; and so the fanatics declared that it was a mocking of God.”
“His smooth-shaven cheeks were somewhat hollow; his eyes behind his glasses were deep and solemn; his frame was the frame of one who subdues the flesh by fasting; snow-white hair, curling inward at the back of his neck, made a kind of aureole around his thin face; he looked for all the world as he stood barefoot in his long white gown, like one of those saints you see in painted glass windows in a church.”
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