from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Corona.
  • n. A circle of light or halo around the head of a deity or a saint
  • n. Any luminous or colored ring that encircles something.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To surround or invest with an aureole.
  • n. A luminous emanation or cloud surrounding a figure or an object; an aureola.
  • n. The zone of contact-metamorphism about an intrusive igneous mass. It is equivalent to *contact-zone.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • 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


Middle English, from Late Latin (cor┼Źna) aureola, golden (crown), feminine of Latin aureolus, golden, from aureus, from aurum, gold.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French aureole, from Medieval Latin aureola (corona) ("golden (crown)"). (Wiktionary)



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