Aureole meaning

ô-rēə-lə
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A circular or oval light surrounding the head or body of a representation of a deity or holy person; a halo.
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A radiance encircling the head or body, as in religious paintings; halo; glory.
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The illuminated area around the sun, etc., as when seen in a mist or during an eclipse; sun's corona.
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A band of metamorphic rock surrounding a body of cooled magma. Aureoles form through the process of contact metamorphism.
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(astronomy) Corona.
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A circle of light or halo around the head of a deity or a saint.
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(by extension) Any luminous or colored ring that encircles something.
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Origin of aureole

  • Middle English from Late Latin (corōna) aureola golden (crown) feminine of Latin aureolus golden from aureus from aurum gold

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Old French aureole, from Medieval Latin aureola (corona) ("golden (crown)").

    From Wiktionary