New Catholic Dictionary illustration for 'aureole'Derivation

  • Latin: aurum, gold


Oval or elliptical rays of light such as are at times visible about sun or moon, adopted early in the Middle Ages as symbol of the heavenly honor of the saints, and varying in significance under the forms of halo, glory, nimbus. Strictly, it should surround the entire figure in oval form, or the bust in circular. In early times it was made use of only in representations of God.

MLA Citation

  • “aurole”. New Catholic Dictionary. CatholicSaints.Info. 31 December 2019. Web. 17 June 2021. <>