- to represent in drawing or painting.
- to portray in words; describe.
- Obsolete. to illuminate (manuscripts).
Origin of limn
Examples from the Web for limn
The idealized grid of fairness cannot limn the contours of these deep existential debts.Why Favoritism Is Virtuous: The Case Against Fairness
Stephen T. Asma
December 7, 2012
As I have sketched an ideal parlour, so would I limn a bedroom I have seen.
No, madam; the beauty of the features the artist had set himself to limn.The Rosery Folk
George Manville Fenn
How we transpose and dislocate while we limn in aerial colours!
It is not possible in a chapter, a book or a five-foot shelf to limn all that is even of cursory interest.Royal Palaces and Parks of France
Milburg Francisco Mansfield
Somehow the arches and curves of its branches seemed to limn a pattern so dreadful that his heart beat faster as he gazed upon it.The Tree of Life
Catherine Lucille Moore
- to represent in drawing or painting
- archaic to describe in words
- an obsolete word for illuminate
Word Origin and History for limn
early 15c., "to illuminate" (manuscripts), altered from Middle English luminen, "to illuminate manuscripts" (late 14c.), from Old French luminer "light up, illuminate," from Latin luminare "illuminate, burnish," from lumen (genitive luminis) "radiant energy, light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Sense of "portray, depict" first recorded 1590s. Related: Limned.