- 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.
Origin of aureole
Examples from the Web for aureole
Historical Examples of aureole
The moonlight caught her grey hair and burnished it to an aureole of silver.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Aureole: a ring of color which is usually diffuse outwardly.Explanation of Terms Used in Entomology
John. B. Smith
My eyes came round to the aureole which was their usual magnet.A Daughter of Raasay
William MacLeod Raine
There was an aureole of fine hairs about them which gave them the appearance of angel's wings.In the Control Tower
The golden light of eventide illumined the city as with an aureole.On the Mexican Highlands
William Seymour Edwards
Word Origin for aureole
early 13c., from Latin aureola (corona), fem. diminutive of aureus "golden" (see aureate). In medieval Christianity, the celestial crown worn by martyrs, virgins, etc., as victors over the flesh.
- 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.