nounpl. -·bi· or -·buses
- Myth. a bright cloud surrounding gods or goddesses appearing on earth
- an aura of splendor about any person or thing
- a halo or bright disk surrounding the head of a divinity, saint, or sovereign in pictures, on medals, etc.
- any rain-producing cloud
Origin of nimbusL, violent rain, black rain cloud from Indo-European base an unverified form nebh-, moist, cloud from source Classical Latin nebula
nounpl. nim·bi, or nim·bus·es
- A cloudy radiance said to surround a classical deity when on earth.
- A radiant light that appears usually in the form of a circle or halo about or over the head in the representation of a god, demigod, saint, or sacred person such as a king or an emperor.
- A splendid atmosphere or aura, as of glamour, that surrounds a person or thing.
- A rain cloud, especially a low dark layer of clouds such as a nimbostratus.
Origin of nimbusLatin cloud ; see nebh- in Indo-European roots.
From Latin nimbus (“dark cloud")