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English Dictionary: aureole by the DICT Development Group
2 results for aureole
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse
    Synonym(s): aureole, corona
  2. an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint
    Synonym(s): aura, aureole, halo, nimbus, glory, gloriole
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   d8Aureola \[d8]Au*re"o*la\, Aureole \Au"re*ole\, n. [F.
      aur[82]ole, fr. L. aureola, (fem adj.) of gold (sc. corona
      crown), dim. of aureus. See {Aureate}, {Oriole}.]
      1. (R. C. Theol.) A celestial crown or accidental glory added
            to the bliss of heaven, as a reward to those (as virgins,
            martyrs, preachers, etc.) who have overcome the world, the
            flesh, and the devil.
      2. The circle of rays, or halo of light, with which painters
            surround the figure and represent the glory of Christ,
            saints, and others held in special reverence.
      Note: Limited to the head, it is strictly termed a nimbus;
               when it envelops the whole body, an aureola.
      3. A halo, actual or figurative.
                     The glorious aureole of light seen around the sun
                     during total eclipses.                        --Proctor.
                     The aureole of young womanhood.         --O. W.
      4. (Anat.) See {Areola}, 2.
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