radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright.
lighted up or illuminated; well-lighted: the luminous ballroom.
brilliant intellectually; enlightened or enlightening, as a writer or a writer's works: a luminous concept; luminous prose.
clear; readily intelligible: a concise, luminous report.

Origin of luminous

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English word from Latin word lūminōsus. See lumen, -ous
Related formslu·mi·nous·ly, adverblu·mi·nous·ness, nounnon·lu·mi·nous, adjectivenon·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverbnon·lu·mi·nous·ness, nounself-lu·mi·nous, adjectivesem·i·lu·mi·nous, adjectivesem·i·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverbsem·i·lu·mi·nous·ness, nounun·lu·mi·nous, adjectiveun·lu·mi·nous·ly, adverbun·lu·mi·nous·ness, noun

Synonyms for luminous

Antonyms for luminous

1, 2. dark. 3. stupid. 4. obscure. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for luminously

Historical Examples of luminously

  • There is still gold in his moustache and his eyes are luminously blue.


    James Huneker

  • It was luminously clear; yet the sky was overcast, no stars showing.

  • Her eyes, her childish face were luminously candid as she handed him the letter.

    Crome Yellow

    Aldous Huxley

  • This will luminously appear by a study of its use and meaning in America.

  • Shuddering, insubstantial, but luminously apparent, I stood there before them.

British Dictionary definitions for luminously



radiating or reflecting light; shining; glowingluminous colours
(not in technical use) exhibiting luminescenceluminous paint
full of light; well-lit
(of a physical quantity in photometry) evaluated according to the visual sensation produced in an observer rather than by absolute energy measurementsluminous flux; luminous intensity Compare radiant
easily understood; lucid; clear
enlightening or wise
Derived Formsluminously, adverbluminousness, noun

Word Origin for luminous

C15: from Latin lūminōsus full of light, from lūmen light
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Word Origin and History for luminously



early 15c., "full of light," from Latin luminosus "shining, full of light," from lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Related: Luminously.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

luminously in Medicine




Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.
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