from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. 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.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A halo, actual or figurative.
  • n. See Areola, 2.
  • n. 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 The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In representations of the Deity, the Virgin Mary, saints, martyrs, etc., a radiance or luminous cloud emanating from and surrounding the whole figure.
  • n. Anything resembling an aureola.
  • n. 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.


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From Latin aurea ("golden").


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


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


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

    A Visit from Uncle Walt

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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.”


  • He tested her with his tongue, flicking over the rigid peak first, then laving slow circles around the wide, dark circle of her aureola for endless moments before he drew her completely into his mouth and began to suckle.


  • In its place was a deep calm, and around that calm, like an aureola around the dark center of an eclipse, blazed a fierce resolve to be done with it.



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