From Middle English luminem, limnen (“to illuminate (a manuscript)”), from Middle French enluminer, from Latin illūminō (“I illuminate”) (English illuminate), in + lūminō (“light up”), from lūmen (“light”), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (English leam (“glow”)).
- (transitive) To draw or paint; delineate.
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- As if to reaffirm her imagination, the sun broke through the trees to limn his broad shoulders with gold.
- (transitive, obsolete) To illuminate, as a manuscript.
- For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:limn.