Share this entry

Share this page


Syllabification: il·lume
Pronunciation: /iˈlo͞om

Definition of illume in English:


[with object] literary
Light up; illuminate: sparks from candles illume our faces
More example sentences
  • He covered his eyes, not yet used to the blinding light, but just as quickly uncovered them, for in the instant that the room had been illumed, the contents of room had been revealed.
  • Shama, the bright candle, the eternal enchantress in Urdu poetry that claims the lives of hundreds of moths, her victims, came into AB's life to illume it with love.


late Middle English: abbreviation of illumine.

Definition of illume in:

Share this entry

Share this page


What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day chef-d'œuvre
Pronunciation: SHā ˈdœv(rə)
a masterpiece