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halo

Noun

1 an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint [syn: aura, aureole, nimbus, glory, gloriole]
2 a toroidal shape; "a ring of ships in the harbor"; "a halo of smoke" [syn: ring, annulus, anulus, doughnut, anchor ring]
3 a circle of light around the sun or moon [also: haloes (pl)]

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English

Etymology

From etyl la halos from etyl grc ἅλως, (also | and |), itself of unknown origin, one theory being from etyl fa هاله. Used in English since 1563, sense of light around someone’s head since 1646.

Pronunciation

  • a UK /ˈheɪləʊ, /"heIl@U/
  • a US , /ˈheɪloʊ, /"heIloU/
  • Rhymes with: -eɪləʊ

Noun

  1. In the context of "astronomy": A circular band of coloured light, visible around the sun or moon etc., caused by reflection and refraction of light by ice crystals in the atmosphere.
  2. Anything resembling this band, such as an effect caused by imperfect developing of photographs.
  3. In the context of "religion": nimbus, a luminous disc, often of gold, around or over the heads of saints, etc., in religious paintings.
  4. The metaphorical aura of glory, veneration or sentiment which surrounds an idealized entity.

Synonyms

Derived terms

Translations

atmospheric phenomenon
anything resembling the phenomenon
luminous disc around the heads of saints
  • Bosnian: oreol, nimbus
  • Czech: svatozář
  • Dutch: aureool
  • Finnish: sädekehä
  • French: auréole
  • German: Heiligenschein
  • Greek: κύκλος φωτός
  • Hindi: तेजोमंडल
  • Hungarian: glória
  • Icelandic: geislabaugur
  • Italian: nimbo, aureola
  • Japanese: 輪っか
  • Marathi: तेजोवलय
  • Portuguese: auréola
  • Russian: нимб
  • Scottish Gaelic: fàinne-solais
  • Serbian:
    Cyrillic: ореол, нимбус
    Roman: oreol, nimbus
  • Spanish: nimbo
  • Swedish: gloria
metaphorical aura of glory, veneration or sentiment
  • Dutch: aura

Verb

en-verb es
  1. To encircle with a halo.

Translations

encircle with a halo
  • Dutch: van een aureool voorzien
  • Turkish: hale

Related terms

References

Breton

Noun

halo

Dutch

Etymology

From etyl la halos from etyl grc ἅλως, (also | and |), itself of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

  • /ˈha.lo/|lang=nl

Noun

  1. Halo i atmospheric phenomenon.
  2. Similar visual effect resulting from undesirable, roughly circular spots on an imperfectly developed photograph.

References

Finnish

Etymology 1

Verb

halo

Etymology 2

Noun

  1. halo
Derived terms

French

Etymology

From etyl la halos from etyl grc ἅλως, (also | and |), itself of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

  • lang=fr|/ˈhalo/

Noun

fr-noun m
  1. Halo i atmospheric phenomenon
  2. Similar visual effect resulting from undesirable, roughly circular spots on an imperfectly developed photograph.

References

Indonesian

Interjection

halo

Extensive Definition

Halo may refer to:

Video games

Halo, a notable game series which has expanded into a franchise. The game series consists of:

Military

  • BAE HALO (High Altitude Low Observability), a military aircraft under development
  • Mil Mi-26 or Halo, a heavy transport helicopter

Science

Popular music

Other

halo in Danish: Halo (flertydig)
halo in German: Halo
halo in Modern Greek (1453-): Άλως
halo in Spanish: Halo
halo in French: Halo
halo in Dutch: Halo
halo in Japanese: HALO
halo in Portuguese: HALO
halo in Finnish: Halo
halo in Swedish: Halo
halo in Chinese: Halo

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

O, annular muscle, annulation, annulus, anthelion, antisun, areola, aura, aureola, aureole, blaze of glory, brilliance, brilliancy, chaplet, charisma, circle, circuit, circumference, circus, closed circle, corona, coronet, countersun, crown, cycle, diadem, disc, discus, disk, envelope, eternal return, fairy ring, garland, glamour, glory, illustriousness, lasso, logical circle, loop, looplet, lunar corona, lunar halo, luster, magic, magic circle, mock moon, mock sun, moon dog, mystique, nimbus, noose, numinousness, orbit, paraselene, parhelic circle, parhelion, radiance, radius, rainbow, resplendence, resplendency, ring, rondelle, round, roundel, saucer, solar corona, solar halo, sphincter, splendor, sun dog, vesica, vicious circle, wheel, wreath
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