early 13c., from Latin aureola (corona), fem. diminutive of aureus "golden" (see aureate). In medieval Christianity, the celestial crown donned by martyrs, virgins, etc., as victors within the skin.
the outermost area of sunlight's atmosphere; noticeable as a white halo during a solar power eclipse
- a sign of radiant light attracted around the mind of a saint
- A celestial crown or accidental glory added to the bliss of heaven, as a reward to those (as virgins, martyrs, preachers, etc.) who possess overcome the entire world, the skin, and also the devil.
- The circle of rays, or halo of light, with which painters surround the figure and portray the fame of Christ, saints, and other individuals presented in special reverence.
- A halo, actual or figurative.
- See Areola, 2.
(letter.) A celestial top or accidental glory put into the bliss of heaven, as an incentive to those (as virgins, martyrs, preachers, etc.) who have overcome the world, the skin, and devil.
- (letter.) The circle of rays, or halo of light, with which painters surround the figure and represent the fame of Christ, saints, among others presented in special reverence.
- (letter.) A halo, real or figurative.
The eloquence of the Italian humanist has bestowed a not entirely merited aureole on the memory of Jerome of Prague.