One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Relating to or denoting a French style of Gothic architecture prevalent from c.1230 to c.1350, characterized by distinctive rose windows.
- ‘The Sainte-Chapelle is a superb example of the Rayonnant style in Gothic architecture.’
- ‘Rayonnant Gothic is a type of Gothic that originated around the court of saint-Louis (Louis IX of France).’
French, literally ‘radiating’, from the pattern of radiating lights in the windows.
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