illumination - definition and synonyms

noun formal 

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  1. 1
    [uncountable] light that is provided by something in a place

    The moon provided little illumination.

    The only illumination was a small candle in the far corner of the room.

  2. 2
    [countable/uncountable] an explanation that makes something easier to understand
  3. 3
    [countable/uncountable] art the old art of painting pictures and patterns in a book or document, or one of these pictures or patterns
  4. 4


    [plural] British coloured lights that are used for decorating a town