Origin of relume

1595–1605; re- + (il)lume; compare French rallumer, Late Latin relūmināre. See relumine Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Historical Examples of relume

  • What is so pleasant as these jets of affection which relume a young world for me again?


    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • No fire that can be kindled upon the altar of speech can relume the radiant spark that perished yesterday.

  • By her it easily may be perceiv'd, How long in women lasts the flame of love, If sight and touch do not relume it oft.

British Dictionary definitions for relume


relumine (rɪˈluːmɪn)

  1. (tr) archaic to light or brighten again; rekindle

Word Origin for relume

C17: from Late Latin relūmināre, from Latin re- + illūmināre to illumine
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