One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy.
- ‘Facing him was a spry elfin-faced girl with an aureole of blonde hair around her head and intent dark eyes.’
- ‘She rubs pigment into engraved lines and allows this to produce a slick aureole around the image.’
- ‘Einstein's wild hair is not the mad scientist's coiffure but a secular aureole, bespeaking his superhuman intelligence and wisdom.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Many figures have wings, some possess an aureole around their heads and/or a very particular design of cap.’
- ‘The prominently depicted hen and rooster form the brightest spot in the foreground, as they are encircled by an aureole of light.’
- ‘Facing them, the rest of us could see little but shadowy faces, surrounded by bright aureoles.’
- 1.1another term for corona (sense 1)
- ‘Another vivid feature seen in an eclipse is the corona (or aureola).’
- 1.2another term for areola
- ‘Her breasts were small and firm, encircled by wide purple-brown aureoles.’
- ‘Doing so can compromise blood flow to the nipple and lead to complications, such as necrosis of the skin along the incisions or nipple or aureole necrosis.’
- 1.3Geology The zone of metamorphosed rock surrounding an igneous intrusion.
- ‘A thermal metamorphic aureole is developed in the sedimentary country rocks.’
- ‘Metamorphic aureoles around the granitic rocks are estimated to extend on the order of 1 km from the granitic rocks.’
- ‘These have a narrow metamorphic aureole in which andalusite is developed.’
- ‘This is the widest metamorphic zone in the aureole.’
- ‘We also observe very fine rims of apparent new zircon of enigmatic origin at lower grade in the aureole.’
- ‘This clearly has major implications for the thermal history of the aureole.’
- ‘There is abundant evidence for a significant and important influence of hydrothermal fluids on element mobility in the aureole.’
Middle English: from Old French aureole, from Latin aureola (corona) ‘golden (crown)’, feminine of aureolus (diminutive of aureus, from aurum ‘gold’).
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