Definition of iridescent in English:



  • Showing luminous colors that seem to change when seen from different angles.

    • ‘As she neared the object, she noticed it was an iridescent purple and pink.’
    • ‘An iridescent sheen spread over the surface of the water below him, indicating a fuel leak.’
    • ‘Adult males have a pink-streaked iridescent throat-patch that can be held erect.’
    • ‘The beaches are litter-free and the water an iridescent ice-blue.’
    • ‘Breeding adults have yellow bills, iridescent feathers that shine purple and green and are flecked with white spots.’
    • ‘Under the crystal bright light of a full moon their blue marble shined, iridescent.’
    • ‘She was a small, colorfully dressed creature with very long blonde hair and iridescent blue eyeshadow.’
    • ‘It was a long, silvery iridescent gown covered with glittering stars and moons.’
    • ‘Because many of the iridescent glass wares were sold to fun-fairs it became known as Carnival Glass.’
    • ‘It seems anything that catches my eye with an iridescent quality, I am uncontrollably drawn to.’
    • ‘The skin was covered in small black scales, no longer glittering with the iridescent purple hues that most had.’
    • ‘Each arc had an iridescent crystal drop in the center of it, and loops of silver chains falling to her mid back from each.’
    • ‘He then puckered neon light through the mural, creating an iridescent glow.’
    • ‘The silver hake, in accordance with its name, has a silvery iridescent sheen when freshly caught.’
    • ‘They are often iridescent, giving them a spectacular array of colours.’
    • ‘A shimmering iridescent image showing bauhinia flowers appears when the banknote is tilted under a bright light.’
    • ‘An iridescent colour is a colour that changes with the angle of view.’
    • ‘She gazes at her daughter, both faces iridescent with joy.’
    • ‘It has an iridescent shiny ice pink dial with pink patent leather strap and a changeable sporty gel strap.’
    • ‘A mobile phone with an iridescent blue cover peeps from the top pocket.’
    shimmering, shimmery, glittering, sparkling, coruscating, dazzling, shining, gleaming, glowing, lustrous, scintillating, dancing, opalescent, opaline
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Late 18th century: from Latin iris, irid- ‘rainbow’ + -escent.