- Also called nimbus. a geometric shape, usually in the form of a disk, circle, ring, or rayed structure, traditionally representing a radiant light around or above the head of a divine or sacred personage, an ancient or medieval monarch, etc.
- an atmosphere or quality of glory, majesty, sanctity, or the like: the halo around Shakespeare's works; She put a halo around her son.
- Meteorology. any of a variety of bright circles or arcs centered on the sun or moon, caused by the refraction or reflection of light by ice crystals suspended in the earth's atmosphere and exhibiting prismatic coloration ranging from red inside to blue outside (distinguished from corona).
- Astronomy. a spherical cloud of gas clusters and stars that form part of a spiral galaxy.
- an undesirable bright or dark ring surrounding an image on the fluorescent screen of a television tube, due to some fault either in transmission or reception.
- to surround with a halo.
- to form a halo.
Origin of halo
Examples from the Web for haloes
Historical Examples of haloes
Haloes may appear around the disc of the sun, moon, or stars.The Reason Why
I kind o' used t' think she was all t' th' harps an' haloes.The Definite Object
It was the crowd of haloes that was causing so much brightness.Christmas Outside of Eden
It hunted all the saints in the calendar till their haloes top-sided on their heads-her favourite St. Francis of Assisi excepted.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
Why, they'd make the very angels jealous, and get pulling off their haloes and kicking them over the edge of heaven.Christopher and Columbus
Countess Elizabeth Von Arnim
- a disc or ring of light around the head of an angel, saint, etc, as in painting or sculpture
- the aura surrounding an idealized, famous, or admired person, thing, or event
- a circle of light around the sun or moon, caused by the refraction of light by particles of ice
- astronomy a spherical cloud of stars surrounding the Galaxy and other spiral galaxies
- to surround with or form a halo
Word Origin for halo
Word Origin and History for haloes
1560s, from Latin halo (nominative halos), from Greek halos "disk of the sun or moon, ring of light around the sun or moon" (also "threshing floor" and "disk of a shield"), of unknown origin. Sense of "light around the head of a holy person or deity" first recorded 1640s. As a verb from 1801.
- A reddish yellow ring surrounding the optic disk, caused by an expansion of the scleral ring that makes the deeper structures visible.
- Glaucomatous halo.
- A ring of light surrounding a luminous body.
- A hazy ring of colored light in the sky around the Sun, Moon, or a similar bright object. A halo is caused by the reflection and refraction of light through atmospheric ice crystals.