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Friday, October 18, 2013

Definitions for aureole

  1. a radiance surrounding the head or the whole figure in the representation of a sacred personage.
  2. any encircling ring of light or color; halo.
  3. Astronomy. corona.

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Citations for aureole
It illuminated the words on Sir Philip's monument, and then touched the small head below it, till it shone with a living glory, lighting the pale, serene face, so that it seemed to Sir Philip that the aureole of a saint had surrounded her. Emma Marshall, Heights and Valleys, 1871
…her hair was all creped into a filmy golden aureole round her face. Harriet Beecher Stowe, Pink and White Tyranny: A Society Novel, 1871
Origin of aureole
Aureole comes from the Latin aureus, which is a diminutive term meaning "golden." It came to English in the late 1400s.
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