- to represent in drawing or painting.
- to portray in words; describe.
- Obsolete. to illuminate (manuscripts).
Origin of limn
Examples from the Web for limned
Why I even remember when Bill Frist was limned as some kind of great sage.The Incompetent Party
January 8, 2013
This was an apparition too holy to be limned in artificial light.The Dragon Painter
Mary McNeil Fenollosa
There was one only of the group who had not been limned by Miss Rothesay.Olive
Dinah Maria Craik, (AKA Dinah Maria Mulock)
Its fiery parabola was limned against the sky toward the east.Strictly Business
Every feature of the old captains face was limned with grief.Cursed
George Allan England
No one talks of "limning a missal," or of a "limned missal."Arrows of the Chace, v. 2
- to represent in drawing or painting
- archaic to describe in words
- an obsolete word for illuminate
Word Origin and History for limned
early 15c., "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, "to illuminate manuscripts" (late 14c.), from Old French luminer "light up, illuminate," from Latin luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (genitive luminis) "radiant energy, light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1590s. Related: Limned.