Definition of rayonnant in English:

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rayonnant

Pronunciation: /ˌreɪjɒˈnɒ̃/
/ʀɛjɔnɑ̃/

Entry from British & World English dictionary

adjective

Relating to or denoting a French style of Gothic architecture prevalent from circa 1230 to circa 1350, characterized by distinctive rose windows.
Example sentences
  • The Sainte-Chapelle is a superb example of the Rayonnant style in Gothic architecture.
  • Rayonnant Gothic is a type of Gothic that originated around the court of saint-Louis (Louis IX of France).

Origin

French, literally 'radiating', from the pattern of radiating lights in the windows.

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