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1A circle of light shown around or above the head of a saint or holy person to represent their holiness.
- ‘In the Trecento version, the two saints are recognised by their halos; beside Peter stands the king wearing his crown.’
- ‘Auras are not to be confused with the aureoles or halos of saints, which are devices of Christian iconography used to depict the radiance of light associated with divine infusion.’
- ‘Egyptian sun disks became the halos of Catholic saints.’
- ‘When used for human figures, the halo represents holiness or sanctity, and its iconography is developed to mark important distinctions between the figures represented.’
- ‘Later, we will learn that the halos worn by saints in devotional art are based on the depiction of the divine in Egyptian art.’
- 1.1The glory associated with an esteemed person.‘he has lost his halo for many ordinary Russians’
- ‘There will most probably be never that one single purpose to chase after, there would never be that singular moment of absolute meaning and sense when I would be bestowed with a golden halo hovering above my head.’
- ‘Oh yes, you expected me to have a halo above my head in this whole situation, right?’
- ‘So a halo appears around my available presence indicator, denoting ‘super interruptible’.’
- ‘They walk down the red carpet of fame with this tremendous halo of ego surrounding them, and they give very little back, if anything.’
- ‘Some analysts have even claimed the group of North American fund managers seeking change are ‘greenmailers with halos round their heads’.’
- ‘That's right, Gary Coleman, broken halo and all.’
- ‘After performing a good deed, he's also stuck with a halo above his head.’
- ‘As an autumn wind makes mischief with David McLetchie's remaining locks, Annabel Goldie draws an imaginary halo above his head, while Bill Aitken pulls a face.’
- ‘Handley JA always appeared with a halo above his head to mark his manifest saintliness, a point picked up with typical understatement in the essay on him.’
- ‘Gabe and Isaiah fought to look innocent so badly that I could almost see halos floating above their heads.’
- ‘She even looked normal-looking (i.e. halo and queenly demeanor left at home) sources say.’
- ‘A hundred years ago, similar mafias existed all across the region, they still have a halo surrounding them as if they are fighters for justice.’
2A circle of white or coloured light around the sun, moon, or other luminous body caused by refraction through ice crystals in the atmosphere.
- ‘But what about that halo around the half-moon tonight?’
- ‘I've never seen such a brilliant halo about the moon.’
- ‘H.R.Madhusudan, Science Educator at the Planetarium, said ice crystals in the earth's atmosphere caused the solar halo.’
- ‘Blue Moons, Harvest Moons, halos, waxing, waning and lunacy - where do Moon superstitions come from and how many of them have a basis in fact?’
- ‘According to authorities, normal astronomical phenomena such as a solar halo, or the refraction of water are usually reported during the day.’
Surround with or as if with a halo.‘gas lamps haloed in mist’
- ‘The hills were an unearthly shade of green and the low patches of fog haloed the peaks of the trees, making them tall saints, staring down benevolently at the wet quiet of the valley.’
- ‘A cold front is moving down from the States, and a shank-of-the-night fog haloes the few lights.’
- ‘Cash stopped to see where I was when the apple caught her square on the side of the head, haloed brightly by a tinsel of outward flying juice and chunks of exploding apple-meat.’
- ‘A head-dress of feathers and birds' wings haloed his head.’
- ‘Men and beasts have retreated up the hillside, haloed in dusty sunshine.’
- ‘Every night at eight o'clock, as dependably as the sunset over the Gulf of Mexico, the dirty window of a dilapidated cigar-maker's cottage on Catherine Street in Key West was suddenly haloed with a reddish glow.’
- ‘Sculptor and installation artist Susan Meyer Fenton is haloed against a wrinkled and therefore turbulent backdrop.’
- ‘It was a glorious sunset, all crimson and gold, haloing the bare granite peaks and pine-scattered slopes that trailed down to the desert.’
- ‘With the sun directly behind him, his head was haloed like that of an angel, his gorgeous angular features were emphasized by the light behind him.’
- ‘The 30-minute flight crosses majestic mountain peaks haloed by rain clouds that feed the waterfalls flowing briskly down their flanks.’
- ‘‘Room Tone’ bucks the dualistic bent of its five predecessors by retaining a jittery hum that is continually haloed by the digital equivalent of the plastic flash that had to be cut away from Airfix kit parts before assembly.’
- ‘The equally glamorous Einstein's Cross, composed of five fiery white balls in a deep blue field haloed by a flickering ring of red, is closely based on a Hubble telescope image taken off the Internet.’
- ‘A continuous buzz of black flies haloed their heads.’
- ‘Christian bats feebly at a small plague of gnats haloing his head and the damp air bonds to his skin and his muscles ache from sitting too long.’
- ‘Under a Greek moon, Penelope Cruz sits at a scarred wooden table, haloed in white light.’
- ‘The two heavy-cruisers, trading fire with the Corona Fire and the Mystic in the other direction, were occasionally haloed by violent bursts of red, white and violet light.’
- ‘They weren't having any difficulties seeing; to me there was nothing but vague shadows while patches of darkness with a bit more solidity than others moved around, occasionally haloed by the feeble glow from the door.’
- ‘Now that John's been enlightened, he's wondering if he's haloed people who weren't pre-perps.’
- ‘As the sun came from behind the clouds, a burst of brilliant light caught your hair, it was haloed in front of me.’
- ‘What's more, the mountain was haloed by phosphorescent blue bands of some sort of energy crackling all around it.’
Mid 16th century (denoting a circle of light round the sun etc.): from medieval Latin, from Latin halos, from Greek halōs disc of the sun or moon.
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