A Word A Day : Aureole

Sunday, 7th October 2007 : Today's Word is ...


( Noun )

Pronunciation : áwree-ol

1. Sun’s Corona

2. Bright Circle of Light

3. A painted or carved representation of a circle of light around the head of a divine being or a saint


Mid-19th century - Via French - late Latin corona aureola "golden crown"


Halo, Corona, Nimbus, Nimbus Cloud, Rain Cloud, Glowing, Radiance, Glow


Dark Cloud

Contextual Examples:

• A glow of life seemed like an aureole to shine about her.

• The convict's shirt, open in large, broad folds, left bare the neck, delicate as a woman's, and made for that youthful face an aureole, of innocence, of martyrdom.

Related Words:

1. Aureola : Plural

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