[ awr-ee-ohl ]
/ ˈɔr iˌoʊl /


a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
any encircling ring of light or color; halo.
Astronomy. corona(def 3).
Geology. a zone of altered country rock around an igneous intrusion.



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Also au·re·o·la [aw-ree-uh-luh, uh-ree-] /ɔˈri ə lə, əˈri-/.

Origin of aureole

First recorded in 1175–1225; Middle English, from Latin aureola (corona) “golden (crown),” equivalent to aure(us) “golden” (see aureate) + -ola, feminine of -olus noun suffix (see -ole1)

Definition for aureola (2 of 2)

[ kuh-roh-nuh ]
/ kəˈroʊ nə /

noun, plural co·ro·nas, co·ro·nae [kuh-roh-nee] /kəˈroʊ ni/.

Origin of corona

First recorded in 1555–65; from Latin corōna “garland, crown” (see crown), from Greek korṓnē “crown, curved object”; akin to korōnís “curved, beaked,” kórax “crow, raven” (see crow1) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for aureola (1 of 2)


aureola (ɔːˈriːələ)

/ (ˈɔːrɪˌəʊl) /


(esp in paintings of Christian saints and the deity) a border of light or radiance enveloping the head or sometimes the whole of a figure represented as holy
a less common word for halo
another name for corona (def. 2)

Word Origin for aureole

C13: from Old French auréole, from Medieval Latin (corōna) aureola golden (crown), from Latin aureolus golden, from aurum gold

British Dictionary definitions for aureola (2 of 2)

/ (kəˈrəʊnə) /

noun plural -nas or -nae (-niː)

Word Origin for corona

C16: from Latin: crown, from Greek korōne anything curved; related to Greek korōnis wreath, korax crow, Latin curvus curved
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Medical definitions for aureola

[ kə-rōnə ]

n. pl. co•ro•nas

The crownlike upper portion of a body part or structure, such as the top of the head.
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Scientific definitions for aureola (1 of 2)

[ ôrē-ōl′ ]

A band of metamorphic rock surrounding a body of cooled magma. Aureoles form through the process of contact metamorphism. See more at contact metamorphism.
See corona.

Scientific definitions for aureola (2 of 2)

[ kə-rōnə ]

Plural coronas coronae (kə-rō)

The luminous, irregular envelope of gas outside the chromosphere of a star. The Sun's corona is composed of ionized gas between approximately 1,000,000°K and 2,000,000°K and has an extremely low density. This phenomenon is visible only during a solar eclipse.
A faintly colored luminous ring appearing to surround a celestial body (such as the Moon or Sun) that is visible through a haze or thin cloud, caused by diffraction of light from suspended matter in the intervening medium. Also called aureole
A faint glow of the air in the region of very strong electric fields, caused by ionization of the air molecules and flow of current in that region in corona discharge.
The crownlike upper portion of a bodily part or structure, such as the top of the head.
A crown-shaped structure on the inner side of the petals of some flowers, such as the daffodil.
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