[kan-des-uh nt]


glowing; incandescent.

Origin of candescent

1815–25; < Latin candēscent- (stem of candescēns, present participle of candēscere to become bright), equivalent to cand- bright (see candid) + -ēscent- -escent
Related formscan·des·cence, nouncan·des·cent·ly, adverbnon·can·des·cence, nounnon·can·des·cent, adjectivenon·can·des·cent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for candescent

dazzling, glowing, hot, lit, luminescent, white

Examples from the Web for candescent

Historical Examples of candescent

  • Then he saw, pale and candescent in the blackness, three or four great lilies, the authors of that perfume.

    The Island Pharisees

    John Galsworthy

  • He became conscious of a candescent spot on the far side of the hearth, where the light fell on old Heythorp's thick white hair.

    Five Tales

    John Galsworthy

British Dictionary definitions for candescent



rare glowing or starting to glow with heat
Derived Formscandescence, nouncandescently, adverb

Word Origin for candescent

C19: from Latin candescere, from candēre to be white, shine
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Word Origin and History for candescent

1824, from Latin candescentem (nominative candescens), present participle of candescere "to become white, begin to gleam," inchoative of candere "to shine, to glow" (see candle).

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