Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Darting forth rays like those of the sun.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Darting forth rays, as the sun when it shines out.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Radiating; arranged in the direction of rays issuing from a center.

Etymologies

French (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • After 1565 this "terre émaillée" is not made here any more, but in 1645 Esmé Poterat is the best maker of porcelain in France, and was the founder of the famous Rouen school of the "fond jaune ocré," in which Guilleband and Levavasseur were conspicuous for their "style rayonnant" in the seventeenth century.

    The Story of Rouen

  • '“Mon ami, ce n'est pas la peine!” cried they both at once, their faces rayonnant de joie.

    Richard Lovell Edgeworth

  • The day before Mr. Hawthorne had called at noon to see our ladyships, and I never saw him look so brilliantly rayonnant.

    Memories of Hawthorne

  • Its cavernous portal gave upon a dark interior, and not until they had turned a corner in a tunnel-like passage was revealed an arched space in a rayonnant suffusion of light, the fire itself obscured by the figures about it.

    The Christmas Miracle 1911

  • The dense white veil that swung from the zenith became suddenly pervaded with vague shivers; then tenuous, gauzy pennants were detached, floating away in great lengths; the sun struck through from a dazzling focus in a broad, rayonnant, fibrous emblazonment of valley and range, and as she rose and went to the window to note the weather signs she could not resist the lure of escape.

    The Ordeal A Mountain Romance of Tennessee

  • '"Mon ami, ce n'est pas la peine!" cried they both at once, their faces rayonnant de joie.

    Richard Lovell Edgeworth A Selection From His Memoir

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