iridescent iridescent  /ˌɪ rə ˈdɛ sənt/


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


  1. Its prow angled high, the speedboat skims across an iridescent lagoon that shivers with wind-whipped chop.
  2. His iridescent images detail love's anguish and rapture.
  3. All around him the hillside is freshly terraced, irrigated by black plastic hoses and dotted with iridescent green cannabis.


  • Best Bet: Zilla’s Glossy Film Purse

    Iridescent and shiny like crinkled mylar, Zilla's PVC film purse seems like a space oddity. It's handy for keeping essentials like vitamins and lip balm organized, and it's a striking conversation piece that reflects light in such a way that it will never get lost in a deep, dark handbag. ... More »
    on June 11, 2013     Source: New York Magazine


  1. Noting the "exceptional quality" of the bigger fossil, Christie's spokesperson Capucine Milliot said the object is "extremely rare" because the "precious stone with bright and iridescent colours comes exclusively from southern Alberta."
    on Mar 24, 2009 By: Capucine Source: National Post

  2. Of the spring 2008 show, Givhan noted: "Rodarte is a mix of dresses with iridescent blue pleats and insets of sheer lace, loosely woven sweaters in blues and pale peach with metallic threads, uncomfortably revealing lace dresses and narrow trousers...
    on Sep 28, 2007 By: Robin Givhan Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

  3. After examining fossilised feathers from Messel in Germany, Briggs says the creature that sported the feather was black with a "strongly lustrous iridescent blue, green or coppery sheen".
    on Aug 30, 2009 By: Derek Briggs Source: New Zealand Herald

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