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limn

[ lim ]
/ lɪm /
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verb (used with object)
to represent in drawing or painting.
to portray in words; describe.
Obsolete. to illuminate (manuscripts).
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Origin of limn

1400–50; late Middle English lymne, variant of Middle English luminen to illuminate (manuscripts), aphetic variant of enlumine<Middle French enluminer<Latin inlūmināre to embellish, literally, light up; see illuminate

OTHER WORDS FROM limn

outlimn, verb (used with object)un·limned, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH limn

limb, limn
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British Dictionary definitions for limn

limn
/ (lɪm) /

verb (tr)
to represent in drawing or painting
archaic to describe in words
an obsolete word for illuminate

Derived forms of limn

limner (ˈlɪmnə), noun

Word Origin for limn

C15: from Old French enluminer to illumine (a manuscript) from Latin inlūmināre to brighten, from lūmen light
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