Definition of "luminous" []

  • Emitting light, especially emitting self-generated light. (adjective)
  • Full of light; illuminated. See Synonyms at bright. (adjective)
  • Easily comprehended; clear: luminous prose. (adjective)
  • Enlightened and intelligent; inspiring: luminous ideas. (adjective)
  • Radiating or reflecting light; shining; glowing (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • Exhibiting luminescence (adjective)
  • Full of light; well-lit (adjective)
  • (of a physical quantity in photometry) evaluated according to the visual sensation produced in an observer rather than by absolute energy measurements (adjective)
  • Easily understood; lucid; clear (adjective)
  • Enlightening or wise (adjective) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "luminous" in a sentence
  • "The removal men were insistent that I should outline his eyes in luminous paint and prop him up against the windows of my new abode, where he could freak drunken students out for a nighttime punt on the river."
  • "A holographic map appeared on the desk between them, the property itself outlined in luminous red."
  • "Written in luminous prose with unusual understanding, these essays offer an insightful look at a chaotic world. '"