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An illuminated manuscript by Matthew Paris (c. 1200–1253) depicting the Second Battle of Lincoln in 1217



illuminated (comparative more illuminated, superlative most illuminated)

  1. Irradiated by light, lit.
    Synonyms: lighted, lit up; see also Thesaurus:illuminated
  2. (of a manuscript) Decorated and illustrated.
    • 1831, L[etitia] E[lizabeth] L[andon], chapter X, in Romance and Reality. [], volume III, London: Henry Colburn and Richard Bentley, [], →OCLC, page 205:
      On the table lay an illuminated missal and a silver crucifix. The Abbess herself was seated in the chair—pale, abstracted, and with features whose expression, in repose at least, was severe.
    • 1922, P. B. M. Allan, chapter VIII, in The Book-Hunter at Home[1], 2nd edition, London: Philip Allan & Co., page 203:
      From this list are purposely omitted books printed upon vellum, Books of Hours of the Virgin Mary, and illuminated books; for these are rarities within reach of the wealthy only.



  1. simple past and past participle of illuminate