[ir-i-des-uh ns]


iridescent quality; a play of lustrous, changing colors.

Origin of iridescence

First recorded in 1795–1805; irid- + -escence
Related formsnon·ir·i·des·cence, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for iridescence

light, radiance, opalescence, phosphorescence

Examples from the Web for iridescence

Contemporary Examples of iridescence

Historical Examples of iridescence

  • Henry's sleep was feverish, and shot with the iridescence of strange dreams.

    A Great Man

    Arnold Bennett

  • Iridescence is, indeed, one of the strongest factors of concealment.

  • She was dressed in black, as usual, with an iridescence of some sort about her person and her hat.

  • Look for their iridescence of edges of shadow, and of the contours of objects.

    The Painter in Oil

    Daniel Burleigh Parkhurst

  • The little tongues of flame that lit her hair dazzled with iridescence.

    Shadows of Flames

    Amelie Rives

Word Origin and History for iridescence

1804, from iridescent + -ence. Related: Iridescency (1799).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper