Halo vs Aureola - What's the difference?

halo | aureola |

As nouns the difference between halo and aureola

is that halo is halo while aureola is halo, aureole, nimbus (luminous disc around the heads of saints).



(wikipedia halo)


  • (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.
  • (astronomy) A cloud of gas and other matter surrounding and captured by the gravitational field of a large diffuse astronomical object, such as a galaxy or cluster of galaxies.
  • Anything resembling this band, such as an effect caused by imperfect developing of photographs.
  • (religion) nimbus, a luminous disc, often of gold, around or over the heads of saints, etc., in religious paintings.
  • The metaphorical aura of glory, veneration or sentiment which surrounds an idealized entity.
  • Synonyms

    * (luminous disc around head of saints in paintings) aureole, nimbus

    Derived terms

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  • To encircle with a halo.
  • References

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    Alternative forms

    * aureole


  • Radiance of luminous cloud that surrounds the figure in a painting of a sacred personage.
  • Usage notes

    * Not to be confused with areola.