All Words > Nimbus

illustration Nimbus



Part of speech: noun

Origin: Latin, early 17th century


A luminous cloud or a halo surrounding a supernatural being or a saint.


A large gray rain cloud.

Examples of Nimbus in a sentence

"There was a nimbus around the shadowy figure standing in front of the car."

"Sarah reached for her umbrella as she saw the nimbus approach."

Popularity Over Time

Popularity over time graph
illustration Nimbus

About Nimbus

Nimbus comes directly from Latin, meaning “cloud, aureole.”

Did you Know?

“Nimbus 2000” is the name of the broomstick Harry Potter is given by Professor McGonagall when he joins Gryffindor’s Quidditch Team. Latin roots, such as “nimbus,” which add extra meaning to characters, objects, and places, appear throughout the Harry Potter series.

Recent Words

What's the word?