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[hey-loh] /ˈheɪ loʊ/
noun, plural halos, haloes.
Also called nimbus. a geometric shape, usually in the form of a disk, circle, ring, or rayed structure, traditionally representing a radiant light around or above the head of a divine or sacred personage, an ancient or medieval monarch, etc.
an atmosphere or quality of glory, majesty, sanctity, or the like:
the halo around Shakespeare's works; She put a halo around her son.
Meteorology. any of a variety of bright circles or arcs centered on the sun or moon, caused by the refraction or reflection of light by ice crystals suspended in the earth's atmosphere and exhibiting prismatic coloration ranging from red inside to blue outside (distinguished from corona).
Astronomy. a spherical cloud of gas clusters and stars that form part of a spiral galaxy.
an undesirable bright or dark ring surrounding an image on the fluorescent screen of a television tube, due to some fault either in transmission or reception.
verb (used with object), haloed, haloing.
to surround with a halo.
verb (used without object), haloed, haloing.
to form a halo.
Origin of halo
1555-65; < Latin, accusative of halōs circle round sun or moon < Greek hálōs such a circle, disk, orig. threshing floor
Related forms
unhaloed, adjective Unabridged
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Historical Examples
  • The haloed saints in the east window smiled down at her with calm eyes.

  • He moved beside her, magnified and haloed, as it were, by the dusk and the sunset.

    The Testing of Diana Mallory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • The dreams of the pioneers that haloed the heads of those who came to Harvey in those first days–those dreams are gone.

    In the Heart of a Fool William Allen White
  • Contrariwise, many a haloed pundit has had his occasional guffaw.

    Damn! Henry Louis Mencken
  • Finally, a yellow rind, haloed in mist, was thrust above the level of the prairie.

    The Plow-Woman Eleanor Gates
  • Those yellow-gray eyes were still burning with earnestness, and the bright head, haloed by its hair, was held high.

    The Rich Little Poor Boy Eleanor Gates
  • Peering across the threshold, with all the haloed hosts of Heaven tiptoeing behind her, was the Virgin Mary.

    Christmas Outside of Eden Coningsby Dawson
  • The man who carved the devils, like those who crowned the rocks of Le Puy with the haloed figures, created facts.

    English Book-Illustration of To-day Rose Esther Dorothea Sketchley
  • Its bright white glow was lost in part and it was haloed with a yellow nimbus of its own fog distillation.

    Old Plymouth Trails Winthrop Packard
  • The larger was a little girl of eight years, with a dirty little cherub-face, haloed with flaxen ringlets.

    The Quest Frederik van Eeden
British Dictionary definitions for haloed


noun (pl) -loes, -los
a disc or ring of light around the head of an angel, saint, etc, as in painting or sculpture
the aura surrounding an idealized, famous, or admired person, thing, or event
a circle of light around the sun or moon, caused by the refraction of light by particles of ice
(astronomy) a spherical cloud of stars surrounding the Galaxy and other spiral galaxies
verb -loes, -los, -loing, -loed
to surround with or form a halo
Derived Forms
halo-like, adjective
Word Origin
C16: from Medieval Latin, from Latin halōs circular threshing floor, from Greek
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for haloed



1560s, from Latin halo (nominative halos), from Greek halos "disk of the sun or moon, ring of light around the sun or moon" (also "threshing floor" and "disk of a shield"), of unknown origin. Sense of "light around the head of a holy person or deity" first recorded 1640s. As a verb from 1801.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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haloed in Medicine

halo ha·lo (hā'lō)
n. pl. ha·los or ha·loes

  1. A reddish yellow ring surrounding the optic disk, caused by an expansion of the scleral ring that makes the deeper structures visible.

  2. Glaucomatous halo.

  3. A ring of light surrounding a luminous body.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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haloed in Science
A hazy ring of colored light in the sky around the Sun, Moon, or a similar bright object. A halo is caused by the reflection and refraction of light through atmospheric ice crystals.
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