Definition of halo in English:

halo

Syllabification: ha·lo
Pronunciation: /ˈhālō
 
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noun (plural haloes or halos)

  • 1A disk or circle of light shown surrounding or above the head of a saint or holy person to represent their holiness.
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    • When used for human figures, the halo represents holiness or sanctity, and its iconography is developed to mark important distinctions between the figures represented.
    • Egyptian sun disks became the halos of Catholic saints.
    • 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.
  • 1.1The glory associated with an idealized person or thing: he has long since lost his halo for many ordinary Russians
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    • So a halo appears around my available presence indicator, denoting ‘super interruptible’.
    • Some analysts have even claimed the group of North American fund managers seeking change are ‘greenmailers with halos round their heads’.
    • Gabe and Isaiah fought to look innocent so badly that I could almost see halos floating above their heads.
  • 2A circle of white or colored light around the sun, moon, or other luminous body caused by refraction through ice crystals in the atmosphere.
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    • H.R.Madhusudan, Science Educator at the Planetarium, said ice crystals in the earth's atmosphere caused the solar halo.
    • Blue Moons, Harvest Moons, halos, waxing, waning and lunacy - where do Moon superstitions come from and how many of them have a basis in fact?
    • According to authorities, normal astronomical phenomena such as a solar halo, or the refraction of water are usually reported during the day.

verb (haloes, haloing, haloed)

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  • Surround with or as if with a halo.
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    • The 30-minute flight crosses majestic mountain peaks haloed by rain clouds that feed the waterfalls flowing briskly down their flanks.
    • A head-dress of feathers and birds' wings haloed his head.
    • It was a glorious sunset, all crimson and gold, haloing the bare granite peaks and pine-scattered slopes that trailed down to the desert.

Origin

mid 16th century (denoting a circle of light around the sun, etc.): from medieval Latin, from Latin halos, from Greek halōs 'disk of the sun or moon'.

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