- The definition of iridescent is something that has rainbow like colors.
An example of iridescent is the inside of an abalone shell.
An iridescent abalone shell.
Origin of iridescent; from Classical Latin iris, rainbow ; from Classical Greek rainbow (see iris) + -escent
- Producing a display of lustrous, rainbowlike colors: an iridescent oil slick; iridescent plumage.
- Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful in effect or appearance: “The prelude was as iridescent as a prism in a morning room” (Carson McCullers).
(comparative more iridescent, superlative most iridescent)