What does rainbow mean?

Definitions for rainbowˈreɪnˌboʊ

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. rainbow(noun)

    an arc of colored light in the sky caused by refraction of the sun's rays by rain

  2. rainbow(noun)

    an illusory hope

    "chasing rainbows"


  1. rainbow(Noun)

    A multicoloured arch in the sky, produced by prismatic refraction of light within droplets of rain in the air.

  2. rainbow(Noun)

    Any prismatic refraction of light showing a spectrum of colours.

  3. rainbow(Noun)

    A wide assortment; a varied multitude.

    a rainbow of possibilities

  4. rainbow(Noun)

    An illusion, mirage

    Many electoral promises are rainbows, vanishing soon after poll day.

  5. rainbow(Noun)

    A curveball, particularly a slow one

  6. rainbow(Noun)

    In Texas hold 'em or Omaha hold 'em, a flop that contains three different suits

  7. rainbow(Verb)

    To pattern with many colours, like a rainbow.

  8. rainbow(Adjective)


  9. rainbow(Adjective)

    Made up of several races or ethnicities, or (more broadly) of several cultural or ideological factions.

  10. rainbow(Adjective)


  11. rainbow(Adjective)

    Composed entirely of different suits.

  12. Origin: From regnboga, formed as regn + boga. Cognate with Old High German reginbogo, Icelandic regnbogi and Old Norse regnbogi.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Rainbow(noun)

    a bow or arch exhibiting, in concentric bands, the several colors of the spectrum, and formed in the part of the hemisphere opposite to the sun by the refraction and reflection of the sun's rays in drops of falling rain

  2. Origin: [AS. regenboga, akin to G. regenbogen. See Rain, and Bow anything bent.]


  1. Rainbow

    A rainbow is an optical and meteorological phenomenon that is caused by reflection of light in water droplets in the Earth's atmosphere, resulting in a spectrum of light appearing in the sky. It takes the form of a multicoloured arc. Rainbows caused by sunlight always appear in the section of sky directly opposite the sun. In a "primary rainbow", the arc shows red on the outer part and violet on the inner side. This rainbow is caused by light being refracted while entering a droplet of water, then reflected inside on the back of the droplet and refracted again when leaving it. In a double rainbow, a second arc is seen outside the primary arc, and has the order of its colours reversed, red facing toward the other one, in both rainbows. This second rainbow is caused by light reflecting twice inside water droplets.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'rainbow' in Nouns Frequency: #2953


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rainbow in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rainbow in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. James Barrie:

    Let no one who loves be called unhappy. Even love unreturned has its rainbow.

  2. Matshona Dhliwayo:

    A rainbow is storm's smile, and a pot of gold at the end of rainbow is your smile.

  3. Joshua Crosier:

    Peace is like a rainbow, you can't have a rainbow without a storm and you can't have peace with out war.

  4. Mark Natkin:

    Another company...sees this magical 1.3 billion number, multiplies it by some fractional percentage of market share, and that equals a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

  5. Henry David Thoreau:

    The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible And indescribably as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, A segment of the rainbow which I have clutched.

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