Definition of refulgent in US English:



  • Shining brightly.

    ‘refulgent blue eyes’
    • ‘It's vivid, refulgent work from set designer David Rockwell and lighting designer Kenneth Posner, and a perfect introduction to a charging score by Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman that starts out bold and grabby and never lets up.’
    • ‘For lovers of forgotten Romantic symphonies, this is a treat, even if the interpretations could have been a bit more joyous and the orchestral playing more refulgent.’
    • ‘One halo is refulgent, another radiates smoke or vapors, and a third appears to have been sprung from its perfectly circular tension so that it looks like a snake, a broken rubber band, a garden hose.’
    • ‘I stepped outside under a refulgent sky, and I saw a tiny yellow-brown bird fly over the house into an oak.’
    • ‘In this refulgent summer, it has been a luxury to draw the breath of life. The grass grows, the buds burst, the meadow is spotted with fire and gold in the tint of flowers.’
    shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaring
    View synonyms


Late 15th century: from Latin refulgent- ‘shining out’, from the verb refulgere, from re- (expressing intensive force) + fulgere ‘to shine’.