Origin of rainbow
Examples from the Web for rainbow
Here and there, sparingly, one of the dolls might be purple or green: “Rainbow Piets,” they call them.
David Bowie, Ronnie Wood, and Marianne Faithfull were regulars at the Rainbow Room, a restaurant on the fifth floor.
Because the marketing of the screening included a rainbow flag and said it was to be the kickoff of “LGBT Awareness Month.”Catholic University’s Harvey Milk Ban Reflects A Church In Transition|Jay Michaelson|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The turn-of-the-century stretch that yielded The Rainbow Children and N.E.W.S. is particularly easy to ignore.Prince Returns From the Wilderness and, Thankfully, Is as Restless as Ever|Keith Phipps|October 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
In 2010, alongside PAPER Magazine, FWY and Pharrell created Rainbow City at Art Basel Miami Beach.
There is always more of rainbow than of storm in his skies; their darkest shadow is but a tragic twilight.
Till Antonio de Dominis the rainbow was considered as an inexplicable miracle.Letters on England|Voltaire
The boy looked below, past the flames of the rainbow that licked against their wheels.The Celestial Omnibus and other Stories|E. M. Forster
Thy great seal to all the world, the rainbow, that secured the world for ever from drowning, was but a reflection upon a cloud.Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions|John Donne
Her human power of emotion leaped to the supremest arc of that rainbow curve, and with him stood there poised.Arundel|Edward Frederic Benson
British Dictionary definitions for rainbow (1 of 2)
- any similar display of bright colours
- (as modifier)a rainbow pattern
British Dictionary definitions for rainbow (2 of 2)
Word Origin and History for rainbow
Old English renboga; see rain (n.) + bow (n.). Common Germanic compound (cf. Old Frisian reinboga, Old Norse regnbogi, Swedish regenbåge, Dutch regenboog, German Regenbogen). Rainbow trout (1876, American English) so called for its resplendent colors. Old English also had scurboga "shower-bow."
Science definitions for rainbow
Culture definitions for rainbow
The colored arch in the sky that is often seen after a rain. The rainbow is formed when water droplets in the air cause the diffraction of sunlight.