[ root-l-uh nt ]
/ ˈrut l ənt /


glowing or glittering with ruddy or golden light.

Origin of rutilant

1490–1500; < Latin rutilant- (stem of rutilāns, present participle of rutilāre to glow red), equivalent to rutil(us) red, reddish + -ant- -ant Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for rutilant

  • Standing against the wall and blinking at the rutilant glare of the room, Goliath the dwarf waited nervously.

  • From the pit below came a rutilant groaning and sharp exclamations of pain and ecstasy.

    Painted Veils|James Huneker

British Dictionary definitions for rutilant


/ (ˈruːtɪlənt) /


rare of a reddish colour or glow

Word Origin for rutilant

C15: from Latin rutilāns having a red glow, from rutilāre, from rutilus ruddy, red
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