• Glowing or glittering with red or golden light.

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Example Sentences

“The people on the bridge were covered in a rutilant light as the sun started to go down.”

“With only the fire and candles for light, the room has a rutilant warmth.”

“The fairy lights in the backyard give off a rutilant flicker.”

Word Origin

Latin, mid-15th century

Why this word?

The word “rutilant” (from the Latin “rutilus,” meaning “reddish”) describes a specific type of glowing, flickering, ruddy, golden light. Photographers call the exact time of day when they can capture such light from the sun the “golden hour.” The exact time of day varies as the sun moves across the sky, but the rule of thumb to capture this rutilant light is about an hour after sunrise and about an hour before sunset. This is the sweet spot to take photos with the diffuse light in rutilant tones of red, orange, and gold.

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