- radiating or reflecting light; shining; bright.
- lighted up or illuminated; well-lighted: the luminous ballroom.
- brilliant intellectually; enlightened or enlightening, as a writer or a writer's works: a luminous concept; luminous prose.
- clear; readily intelligible: a concise, luminous report.
Origin of luminous
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Examples from the Web for luminous
There he claims he saw a luminous object change colors several times then vanish into the night sky.1980: America’s First Extraterrestrial Election
October 15, 2014
Reviews when the play was at Steppenwolf in Chicago described her as luminous.Fall Broadway Preview: 'This Is Our Youth,' Bradley Cooper as ‘The Elephant Man,' and More
September 11, 2014
Her luminous face has been preserved forever, and multiplies with every tribute.The Day the Fairytale Died
July 12, 2014
Silverstone will “show you the way to have a luminous, present, ailment-free pregnancy.”From ‘Clueless’ to Clueless: Alicia Silverstone’s ‘The Kind Mama’
April 22, 2014
The luminous 31-year-old actress who just took home an Academy Award has absolutely nothing to do.Does Lupita Nyong’o’s Hollywood Fairytale Have a Happily Ever After?
March 6, 2014
The bridegroom regarded her with a face that was luminous of delight.Within the Law
They were dark, luminous and velvet soft as they watched my struggle.The Bacillus of Beauty
He looked back at it only once, and beheld the luminous glow of the campfires.The Rock of Chickamauga
Joseph A. Altsheler
That was the soul and secret of our rapid and luminous onward march.Diary from November 12, 1862, to October 18, 1863
There was a luminous whiteness in the sky that affected the eyes, as snow does.A Spirit in Prison
- radiating or reflecting light; shining; glowingluminous colours
- (not in technical use) exhibiting luminescenceluminous paint
- full of light; well-lit
- (of a physical quantity in photometry) evaluated according to the visual sensation produced in an observer rather than by absolute energy measurementsluminous flux; luminous intensity Compare radiant
- easily understood; lucid; clear
- enlightening or wise
Word Origin and History for luminous
early 15c., "full of light," from Latin luminosus "shining, full of light," from lumen (genitive luminis) "light," related to lucere "to shine" (see light (n.)). Related: Luminously.
- Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light.