[ ri-fuhl-juhnt ]
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  1. 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

Other words from refulgent

  • re·ful·gence, re·ful·gen·cy, re·ful·gent·ness, noun
  • re·ful·gent·ly, adverb
  • un·re·ful·gent, adjective
  • un·re·ful·gent·ly, adverb

Words Nearby refulgent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use refulgent in a sentence

  • This little speech, began with the deepest sigh, but finished with the most refulgent smile, only added to their wonder.

    Camilla | Fanny Burney
  • Standing near the gate was pretty Cherrie, and a refulgent smile greeted him from the rosy lips.

    A Changed Heart | May Agnes Fleming
  • He hastened to remove the refulgent edifice, steering it prudently to its station in the stable yard.

    The Wrong Twin | Harry Leon Wilson
  • When the engine emerges from the paint-shop it is gorgeous and refulgent—brilliantly new.

    The Modern Railroad | Edward Hungerford
  • Your life henceforth shall be reminiscent and its declining years shall be hallowed by the refulgent rays of retrospection.'

British Dictionary definitions for refulgent


/ (rɪˈfʌldʒənt) /

  1. literary shining, brilliant, or radiant

Origin of refulgent

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

Derived forms of refulgent

  • refulgence or rare refulgency, noun
  • refulgently, adverb

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