Origin of illumination

1300–50; Middle English < Medieval Latin illūminātiōn- (stem of illūminātiō) spiritual enlightenment (Latin: illustriousness, glory) See illuminate, -ion
Related formsil·lu·mi·na·tion·al, adjectivenon·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nounpre·il·lu·mi·na·tion, nounre·il·lu·mi·na·tion, noun

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the act of illuminating or the state of being illuminated
a source of light
(often plural) mainly British a light or lights, esp coloured lights, used as decoration in streets, parks, etc
spiritual or intellectual enlightenment; insight or understanding
the act of making understood; clarification
decoration in colours, gold, or silver used on some manuscripts or printed works
physics another name (not in technical usage) for illuminance
Derived Formsilluminational, adjective
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Word Origin and History for illumination

late 14c., "spiritual enlightenment," from Latin illuminationem (nominative illuminatio), from past participle stem of illuminare "to throw into light, make bright, light up;" figuratively "to set off, illustrate," from assimilated form of in- "in, into" (see in- (2)) + lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Meaning "action of lighting" is from 1560s.

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