Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[ir-i-des-uh ns] /ˌɪr ɪˈdɛs əns/
iridescent quality; a play of lustrous, changing colors.
Origin of iridescence
1795-1805; irid- + -escence
Related forms
noniridescence, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for iridescence
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • The iridescence of her skin gleamed under the flaming red of her cheeks.

    The Girl in the Golden Atom Raymond King Cummings
  • Henry's sleep was feverish, and shot with the iridescence of strange dreams.

    A Great Man Arnold Bennett
  • Much of Chopin's music has in addition to inspired melody, an iridescence as if produced by cascades of jewels.

    The Pianolist Gustav Kobb
  • She was dressed in black, as usual, with an iridescence of some sort about her person and her hat.

    The conquest of Rome Matilde Serao
  • The term "iridescence" is used when the display of colour is seen on the surface, rather than coming out of the stone itself.

  • On the contrary, its wings had grown to an amazing span and iridescence.

    Pieces of Eight Richard le Gallienne
  • The female is similar, but lacks the white crown and iridescence on the head.

  • The iridescence of the rippling water over the rainbow-coloured pebbles is very lovely.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • What has happened is as clear as the iridescence of a dragon's eye.

    Kai Lung's Golden Hours Ernest Bramah
Word Origin and History for iridescence

1804, from iridescent + -ence. Related: Iridescency (1799).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for iridescence

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for iridescence

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for iridescence