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



aureole (plural aureoles)

  1. A circle of light or halo around the head of a deity or a saint.
    • 1915, W.S. Maugham, "Of Human Bondage", chapter 122:
      They sat quietly, side by side, without speaking. Philip enjoyed having her near him. He was warmed by her radiant health. A glow of life seemed like an aureole to shine about her.
    • 1916, Edwin Arllington Robinson, The Man Against the Sky, "The Voice of Age":
      She feels, with all our furniture,
      Room yet for something more secure
      Than our self-kindled aureoles
      To guide our poor forgotten souls []
    • 2004, Andrea Levy, Small Island, London: Review, Chapter Four, p. 69,[1]
      Those white women whose superiority encircled them like an aureole, could quieten any raucous gathering by just placing a finger to a lip.
  2. (by extension) Any luminous or colored ring that encircles something.
  3. (astronomy) A corona.
  4. (geology) A ring around an igneous intrusion.
    • 1990, Roger Mason, Petrology of the Metamorphic Rocks, Chapter 3: "Metamorphism associated with igneous intrusions":
      Cleavage and folds are imprinted are overprinted by the contact metamorphic aureole, indicating that they belong to a pre-intrustive episode of rock deformation and accompanying regional deformation.

Derived termsEdit



  • aureole” in Unabridged,, LLC, 1995–present.
  • aureole” in Microsoft's Encarta World English Dictionary, North American Edition (2007)
  • "aureole" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
  • "aureole" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
  • aureole” in Lexico,; Oxford University Press.
  • Oxford English Dictionary, second edition (1989)
  • Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)



aureole f

  1. plural of aureola




  1. vocative masculine singular of aureolus




  1. first-person singular (eu) present subjunctive of aureolar
  2. third-person singular (ele and ela, also used with você and others) present subjunctive of aureolar
  3. third-person singular (você) affirmative imperative of aureolar
  4. third-person singular (você) negative imperative of aureolar




  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of aureolar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of aureolar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of aureolar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of aureolar.