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.
- 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
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Scientific definitions for aureole
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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