Definition of candescent in English:

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Pronunciation: /kanˈdɛs(ə)nt/


Glowing with heat; luminous.
Example sentences
  • She turned up at the shoot casually dressed in trousers and a top: a little girl with pallid yet candescent skin and cocoa-brown eyes, who stands just 5ft 3in high.
  • If all candescent lights in China were replaced with energy-saving lights, 60 billion kilowatt hours of electricity could be saved every year.
  • We created our own fixtures that included fluorescent and candescent lights to create a softer environment.


Early 19th century: from Latin candescent-, from the verb candere 'be white, glow'.

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