What does iridescent mean?

Definitions for iridescentˌɪr ɪˈdɛs ənt

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word iridescent.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. changeable, chatoyant, iridescent, shot(adj)

    varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles

    "changeable taffeta"; "chatoyant (or shot) silk"; "a dragonfly hovered, vibrating and iridescent"

  2. iridescent, nacreous, opalescent, opaline, pearlescent(adj)

    having a play of lustrous rainbow colors

    "an iridescent oil slick"; "nacreous (or pearlescent) clouds looking like mother-of-pearl"; "a milky opalescent (or opaline) luster"


  1. iridescent(Adjective)

    Producing a display of lustrous, rainbow-like colors; prismatic.

  2. iridescent(Adjective)

    Brilliant, lustrous, or colorful.

  3. Origin: Coined around 1800, from iris + -escent.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Iridescent(adj)

    having colors like the rainbow; exhibiting a play of changeable colors; nacreous; prismatic; as, iridescent glass

  2. Origin: [L. iris, iridis, the rainbow: cf. F. iridescent.]

Anagrams for iridescent »

  1. cretinised, indiscreet, indiscrete

  2. Cretinised

  3. Indiscreet

  4. Indiscrete


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of iridescent in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of iridescent in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Jurgen Otto:

    They are very, very colorful, they often have iridescent scales and they do something quite remarkable. They perform a courtship dance for females, to impress them.

  2. Chad Eliason:

    Hummingbirds have bright, iridescent feathers, but if you took a hummingbird feather and smashed it into tiny pieces, you’d only see black dust. The pigment in the feathers is black, but the shapes of the melanosomes that produce that pigment are what make the colors in hummingbird feathers that we see.

Images & Illustrations of iridescent

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