[ awr-ee-ohl ]
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  1. a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.

  2. any encircling ring of light or color; halo.

  1. Astronomy. corona (def. 3).

  2. Geology. a zone of altered country rock around an igneous intrusion.

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

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How to use aureole in a sentence

  • Its scintillating rays glorified the dark corner with the aureole of a great hope.

    Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist | Alexander Berkman
  • Even her pretty hair seemed to have acquired a nervous life, and stood out in a quivering aureole.

    Country Neighbors | Alice Brown
  • He was small and chunky in build, and nervous in his mind, and had red fuzzy hair that stuck up around his head like an aureole.

    The Belted Seas | Arthur Colton
  • Round the big winged arm of the chair a wonderful, bright aureole of hair showed suddenly.

    Molly Make-Believe | Eleanor Hallowell Abbott
  • He was clearly revealed by the lights, and was magnified by the aureole of tinted fog which surrounded him.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day

British Dictionary definitions for aureole


aureola (ɔːˈriːələ)

/ (ˈɔːrɪˌəʊl) /

  1. (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

  2. a less common word for halo

  1. another name for corona (def. 2)

Origin of aureole

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

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Scientific definitions for aureole


[ ôrē-ōl′ ]

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

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