One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Glowing or glittering with red or golden light.‘rutilant gems’
white-hot, intensely hot, red-hot, burning, fiery, on fire, blazing, ablaze, aflameView synonyms
- ‘Diana Rigg cuts a fine figure as Agrippina and, despite a ragingly rutilant Louise Brooks wig, as Phèdre.’
Late Middle English: from Latin rutilant- ‘glowing red’, from the verb rutilare, from rutilus ‘reddish’.
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