Aureole is a synonym of halo.
In astronomy terms the difference between halo and aureole
is that halo
is 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 while aureole
As a verb halo
is to encircle with a halo.
Other Comparisons: What's the difference?
(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.
* (luminous disc around head of saints in paintings) aureole, nimbus
To encircle with a halo.
A circle of light or halo around the head of a deity or a saint.
* 1915 , :
(by extension) Any luminous or colored ring that encircles something.
- They sat quietly, side by side, without speaking. Philip enjoyed having her near him. He was warmed by her radiant health. A glow of life seemed like an aureole to shine about her.
aureole" in the Wordsmyth Dictionary-Thesaurus (Wordsmyth, 2002)
aureole" in Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary (Cambridge University Press, 2007)
* Oxford English Dictionary , second edition (1989)
* Random House Webster's Unabridged Electronic Dictionary (1987-1996)