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aureole (n.)

early 13c., "celestial crown worn by martyrs, virgins, etc., as victors over the flesh," from Latin aureola (corona), fem. diminutive of aureus "golden" (see aureate). In religious art aureola (1848) is the luminous cloud or aura surrounding holy figures.

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Definitions of aureole from WordNet

aureole (n.)
the outermost region of the sun's atmosphere; visible as a white halo during a solar eclipse;
Synonyms: corona
aureole (n.)
an indication of radiant light drawn around the head of a saint;
Synonyms: aura / halo / nimbus / glory / gloriole
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