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Origin of aglow

First recorded in 1810–20; a-1 + glow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of aglow

  • He is aglow, too, remembering Freud presiding over the Vienna Society.

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    The Real Freud Revealed

    John Kerr

    November 25, 2011

  • Other coats were quiet and subdued from the back and aglow with Spirograph patterns on the front.

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    Milan Fashion Week's Malaise

    Robin Givhan

    September 23, 2011

  • She wears no make-up, her eyes are glassy, and her feverish cheeks are aglow.

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    Behind the Glow

    Kevin Sessums

    October 6, 2008

Historical Examples of aglow

  • Nana was in the centre with her pink dress all aglow in the sunlight.


    Emile Zola

  • When Ben Aboo came to himself the patio was aglow with flames.

    The Scapegoat

    Hall Caine

  • Her face beamed, her eyes danced, and she was all aglow from head to foot.

  • His face was aglow with earnestness and his voice shook as he finished speaking.


    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • Off in the direction of the main fork the sky was all aglow with camp-fires.

    Dr. Sevier

    George W. Cable

British Dictionary definitions for aglow


  1. (postpositive) glowing
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Word Origin and History for aglow

1817 (in Coleridge), from a- (1) + glow. Figurative sense of "flushed with pleasurable excitement" is from 1830.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper