[ ri-fuhl-juh nt ]
/ rɪˈfʌl dʒənt /


shining brightly; radiant; gleaming: Crystal chandeliers and gilded walls made the opera house a refulgent setting for the ball.

Origin of refulgent

First recorded in 1500–10, refulgent is from the Latin word refulgent- (stem of refulgēns, present participle of refulgēre to radiate light). See re-, fulgent

Related forms

re·ful·gence, re·ful·gen·cy, re·ful·gent·ness, nounre·ful·gent·ly, adverbun·re·ful·gent, adjectiveun·re·ful·gent·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for refulgent


/ (rɪˈfʌldʒənt) /


literary shining, brilliant, or radiant

Derived Forms

refulgence or rare refulgency, nounrefulgently, adverb

Word Origin for refulgent

C16: from Latin refulgēre to shine brightly, from re- + fulgēre to shine
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