Word of the day

The word for today is…

nimbus (noun) – 1. A cloudy radiance said to surround a classical deity when on earth.
2. A radiant light that appears usually in the form of a circle or halo about or over the head in the representation of a god, demigod, saint, or sacred person such as a king or an emperor.
3. A splendid atmosphere or aura, as of glamour, that surrounds a person or thing.
4. A rain cloud, especially a low dark layer of clouds such as a nimbostratus.

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : 1610s, “bright cloud surrounding a god,” from Latin nimbus “cloud,” perhaps related to nebula “cloud, mist”. Meaning “halo” is first recorded circa 1730. Meteorological sense of “a rain cloud” is from 1803.


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