• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Aureola (R. C. Theol) A celestial crown or accidental glory added to the bliss of heaven, as a reward to those (as virgins, martyrs, preachers, etc.) who have overcome the world, the flesh, and the devil.
    • Aureola A halo, actual or figurative. "The glorious aureole of light seen around the sun during total eclipses.""The aureole of young womanhood."
    • Aureola (Anat) See Areola, 2.
    • Aureola The circle of rays, or halo of light, with which painters surround the figure and represent the glory of Christ, saints, and others held in special reverence.
    • Aureola the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible from earth during a solar eclipse, or in outer space by the use of special instruments; a corona{5.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n aureola In representations of the Deity, the Virgin Mary, saints, martyrs, etc., a radiance or luminous cloud emanating from and surrounding the whole figure. If the figure is represented in an erect position, the aureola is usually oval, or of the form known as the vesica piscis (fish's bladder); if the figure is sitting, the aureola often approaches a circular form. Aureola, nimbus, and glory are frequently confounded, though technically quite distinct. See nimbus and glory.
    • n aureola Anything resembling an aureola. Specifically— In astronomy, the ring of light seen around the moon in total eclipses of the sun. In meteorology, a kind of halo surrounding a shadow cast upon a cloud or fog-bank or dew-covered grass: often observed by aëronauts on the upper surface of clouds. Also called a glory.
    • n aureola In Roman Catholic theology, a higher reward added to the essential bliss of heaven as a recompense for a special spiritual victory gained by the person to whom it is attributed: as, the aureola of virgins, martyrs, doctors, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Aureola awr-ē′o-la in Christian art, the gold colour surrounding the whole figure in sacred pictures, distinct from the nimbus, which only covers the head, usually reserved for representations of the three Divine Persons, of Christ, and the Virgin and Child:
    • n Aureola awr-ē′o-la (theol.) an increment to the ordinary blessedness of heaven gained by virgins, martyrs, and doctors for their triumph respectively over the flesh, the world, and the devil
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. auréole, fr. L. aureola, (fem adj.) of gold (sc. corona, crown), dim. of aureus,. See Aureate Oriole
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. aureolus, dim. of aureus, golden.


In literature:

From their summits, like an aureola, radiated the splendour of the dust-moted air, this evening a deep umber.
"Arizona Nights" by Stewart Edward White
One might think her a saint amid all this sunshine, with her large, ecstatic eyes, and her golden hair shining like an aureola!
"Lourdes From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
One might think her a saint amid all this sunshine, with her large, ecstatic eyes, and her golden hair shining like an aureola!
"The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete Lourdes, Rome and Paris" by Emile Zola
AUREOLA, a wreath of light represented as encircling the brows of the saints and martyrs.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
She took from her brow the Olympian aureola, and placed it on the bristly head of a gnome!
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
The sunlight came in through the window, and an aureola appeared above her beautiful head.
"The Goose Girl" by Harold MacGrath
Whenever this shadow was projected upon a cloud, his head appeared surrounded by a luminous aureola.
"Young Folks' Library, Volume XI (of 20)" by Various
What could be the nature of this radiating aureola?
"All Around the Moon" by Jules Verne
Mr. Dale pushed his broad-brimmed hat back on his head, so that his face seemed to have a black aureola around it.
"John Ward, Preacher" by Margaret Deland
Cuvier's work up to this time had appeared to them surrounded with the glory of an aureola at the summit of an incontestable science.
"Bouvard and Pécuchet" by Gustave Flaubert

In poetry:

Can it so be? Did ever woman love
Whose faith wreathed not about the brow she chose
Aureolas illumining him above
All that another thinks he is, or knows?
I ask it bravely, for the way is long,
And, haloless, should I not lead you wrong?
"Uncrowned" by Cale Young Rice

In news:

Ornamental grass Hakonechloa macro 'Aureola' named plant for the year.
Hakonechloa macro 'Aureola' has been named Plant for the Year for 2009 by the Perennial Plant Association.
Ornamental grass Hakonechloa macro 'Aureola' named plant for the year.
Around the pear tree, the young pears aureola-rosy.