Illumination - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ɪˌluːmɪˈneɪʃn|  American pronunciation of the word illumination
Brit.  |ɪˌl(j)uːmɪˈneɪʃ(ə)n|  British pronunciation of the word illumination


- a condition of spiritual awareness; divine illumination (syn: light)
- the degree of visibility of your environment
- an interpretation that removes obstacles to understanding (syn: clarification, elucidation)
- the luminous flux incident on a unit area (syn: illuminance)
- painting or drawing included in a book (especially in illuminated medieval manuscripts) (syn: miniature)


When taking photographs indoors, use a flash for illumination.

They traveled to the temple in search of spiritual illumination.

an old manuscript with beautiful illuminations

The only illumination came from a small window in the opposite wall.

White candles, the only illumination, burned on the table.

the illuminations in a medieval manuscript

...before electricity, gas lamps were used for illumination during the nighttime...

lamps supported on standards provided illumination

Word forms

singular: illumination
plural: illuminations
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