Definition of aureole in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈôrēˌōl/
(also aureola /ôˈrēələ/)


1A circle of light or brightness surrounding something, especially as depicted in art around the head or body of a person represented as holy.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • She rubs pigment into engraved lines and allows this to produce a slick aureole around the image.
1.1 another term for corona1 (sense 1).
Example sentences
  • Another vivid feature seen in an eclipse is the corona (or aureola).
1.2 another term for areola.
Example sentences
  • 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.
  • Her breasts were small and firm, encircled by wide purple-brown aureoles.
1.3 Geology The zone of metamorphosed rock surrounding an igneous intrusion.
Example sentences
  • Metamorphic aureoles around the granitic rocks are estimated to extend on the order of 1 km from the granitic rocks.
  • This is the widest metamorphic zone in the aureole.
  • A thermal metamorphic aureole is developed in the sedimentary country rocks.


Middle English: from Old French aureole, from Latin aureola (corona) 'golden (crown)', feminine of aureolus (diminutive of aureus, from aurum 'gold').

Words that rhyme with aureole

gloriole, oriole

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Syllabification: au·re·ole

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