limn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English luminem, limnen (to illuminate (a manuscript)), from Middle French enluminer, from Latin illūminō (I illuminate) (English illuminate), in + lūminō (light up), from lūmen (light), from Proto-Indo-European *lewk- (English leam (glow)).

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Verb[edit]

limn (third-person singular simple present limns, present participle limning, simple past and past participle limned)

  1. (transitive) To draw or paint; delineate.
  2. (transitive) To describe.
  3. (transitive, obsolete) To illuminate, as a manuscript.

Usage notes[edit]

  • Particularly used in arts journalism; not understood by significant portion of American public.[1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ The Sun goes out on a limn with unusual headline: Unusual word in front-page headline leaves some readers scratching their heads, Jill Rosen, The Baltimore Sun, September 7, 2010