Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In representations of the Deity, the Virgin Mary, saints, martyrs, etc., a radiance or luminous cloud emanating from and surrounding the whole figure.
  • noun Anything resembling an aureola.
  • noun In Roman Catholic theology, a higher reward added to the essential bliss of heaven as a recompense for a special spiritual victory gained by the person to whom it is attributed: as, the aureola of virgins, martyrs, doctors, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun (R. C. Theol.) A celestial crown or accidental glory added to the bliss of heaven, as a reward to those (as virgins, martyrs, preachers, etc.) who have overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
  • noun The circle of rays, or halo of light, with which painters surround the figure and represent the glory of Christ, saints, and others held in special reverence.
  • noun A halo, actual or figurative.
  • noun (Anat.) See Areola, 2.
  • noun the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible from earth during a solar eclipse, or in outer space by the use of special instruments; a corona{5}.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Radiance of luminous cloud that sorrounds the figure in a painting of a sacred personage.

Etymologies

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From Latin aurea ("golden").

Examples

  • I draw quickly, the curves of her buttock and shoulder, a faint shading of aureola.

    Ukiyo

  •   I draw quickly, the curves of her buttock and shoulder, a faint shading of aureola.

    Ukiyo

  • Shadows, aureola and mist, the light falling on roofs and gables of white or brown two miles off

    A Visit from Uncle Walt

  • Shadows, aureola and mist, the light falling on roofs and gables of white or brown two miles off

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  • His absence had regained for him much of that aureola of saintship which had been nearly abstracted during her reproachful mood on that miserable journey from London.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • The furthermost candle on the piano comes immediately in a line with her head, and half invisible itself, forms the accidentally frizzled hair into a nebulous haze of light, surrounding her crown like an aureola.

    A Pair of Blue Eyes

  • By and by the artist came over, and nearly wept with despair when he saw his subject sheared of the auburn, gray-sprinkled aureola that had made his first sketch a success.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • It is known in their writings as the “halo,” the “aureola,” or the “glory.”

    CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE

  • It is known in their writings as the “halo,” the “aureola,” or the “glory.”

    CREATE YOUR OWN FUTURE

  • Matho had lost his shoulder-pieces, his helmet, his cuirass; he was completely naked, and more livid than the dead, with his hair quite erect, and two patches of foam at the corners of his lips, — and his sword whirled so rapidly that it formed an aureola around him.

    Salammbo

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