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 Dictionary entry overview: What does iridescent mean? 

IRIDESCENT (adjective)
  The adjective IRIDESCENT has 2 senses:

1. varying in color when seen in different lights or from different angles
2. having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors

  Familiarity information: IRIDESCENT used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

IRIDESCENT (adjective)

Sense 1iridescent [BACK TO TOP]


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


chatoyant; iridescent; shot; changeable

Context examples:

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


colorful; colourful (having striking color)

Sense 2iridescent [BACK TO TOP]


Having a play of lustrous rainbow-like colors


opalescent; opaline; pearlescent; iridescent; nacreous

Context examples:

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


bright (emitting or reflecting light readily or in large amounts)

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