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