[fuhl-juh nt]


shining brightly; dazzling; resplendent: fulgent patterns of sunlight.

Origin of fulgent

1375–1425; late Middle English < Latin fulgent- (stem of fulgēns, present participle of fulgēre), equivalent to fulg- flash + -ent- -ent
Related formsful·gent·ly, adverbful·gent·ness, nounin·ter·ful·gent, adjectivesub·ful·gent, adjectivesub·ful·gent·ly, adverbun·ful·gent, adjectiveun·ful·gent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for fulgent

bright, brilliant, luminous, radiant, shining, flashing

Examples from the Web for fulgent

Historical Examples of fulgent

  • And they reared her into fulgent maidenhood, as a white lily is reared on a fragile stem.

    The Devourers

    Annie Vivanti Chartres

British Dictionary definitions for fulgent


fulgid (ˈfʌldʒɪd)


poetic shining brilliantly; resplendent; gleaming
Derived Formsfulgently, adverb

Word Origin for fulgent

C15: from Latin fulgēre to shine, flash
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Word Origin and History for fulgent

early 15c., from Latin fulgentem (nominative fulgens) "shining, bright," present participle of fulgere "to shine" (see fulminate).

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