Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Word of the Day: Limn

Pronunciation: \ˈlim\

Inflected Form(s): limned; limning \ˈli-miŋ, ˈlim-niŋ\

Etymology: Middle English limnen to illuminate (a manuscript), probably back-formation from lymnour illuminator, alteration of lumenur, from Anglo-French aluminer, enluminer to illuminate, ultimately from Latin illuminare

Date: 1592
Definition: 1: to draw or paint on a surface 2: to outline in clear sharp detail; delineate 3: describe (the novel limns the frontier life of the settlers)

And before I just post a picture derived from the word of the day, I feel that I should at least explain a little. The heart in the photograph is a sign for the Limn art gallery which consequently explains the connection to the word. So, there you are, Google Images has not failed us yet!