[ kan-des-uh nt ]
/ kænˈdɛs ənt /


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

OTHER WORDS FROM candescent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Examples from the Web for 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

British Dictionary definitions for candescent

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rare glowing or starting to glow with heat

Derived forms of candescent

candescence, nouncandescently, adverb

Word Origin for candescent

C19: from Latin candescere, from candēre to be white, shine
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