• (Of light or fire) Glowing, gleaming, or flickering with a soft radiance.

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Example Sentences

“The lambent light from the fireplace lulled us all into a peaceful doze.”

“Candles in each corner lit the dining room with a lambent softness.”

“I want the light for this photo shoot to be diffuse and lambent, with no harsh bare bulbs.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-17th century

Why this word?

The adjective “lambent” takes the figurative licking of flames from its literal roots — it comes from the Latin verb “lambere,” which means “to lick.” Lambent light appears flickering, gentle, and languid, but it travels at exactly the same speed as a bright, hot spotlight — about 300,000 kilometers per second.

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