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From Latin rutilāns, adjective use of present participle of rutilāre, from rutilus (reddish).



rutilant (comparative more rutilant, superlative most rutilant)

  1. (literary) Shining or glowing with red light.
    • 1599, Thomas Nashe, Nashes Lenten Stuffe:
      the lordly ſonne, the moſt rutilant planet of the ſeuẽ, in Lent when Heralius herring enters into his chiefe reign and ſcepterdome, ſkippeth and danſeth, the goats iumpe on the earth for ioy of his entrance.
    • 1922, James Joyce, Ulysses:
      Mother’s milk, Purefoy, the milk of human kin, milk too of those burgeoning stars overhead, rutilant in thin rainvapour, punch milk, such as those rioters will quaff in their guzzlingden, milk of madness, the honeymilk of Canaan’s land.
    • 1964, Anaïs Nin, Collages:
      She was now 16 and sending off her first radiations and vibrations dressed in Varda's own rutilant colors.
    • 1969, Vladimir Nabokov, Ada or Ardor, Penguin 2011, p. 345:
      He had a round head as bare as a knee, a corpse's button nose, and very white, very limp, very damp hands adorned with rutilant gems.





  1. third-person plural present active indicative of rutilō